MSc Project (90 Credits):
The idea for your project may be a proposal from a member of staff or your own, or perhaps a combination of the two. After project proposals are published, you speak to a member of academic staff about the projects that interest you. Not every project is suitable for every student; some may be specifically tailored to a particular degree and some may only suit students with a very specific set of interests or background knowledge and skills. Project proposals originating outside the school are encouraged, but they do need the approval of the Programme Director.
Choosing a project
The project is a substantial piece of research and development work which is presented in a dissertation and makes up half of the MSc courses and two thirds of the MRes course. You can select one of many topics proposed by members of staff, or suggest your own, or take a project in an industrial setting if this can be arranged. The project allows you to develop a significant piece of work independently, under supervision by a member of the academic staff. Many projects involve a considerable amount of system development, giving you the opportunity to practise and extend your programming skills. They also have a research element and are great opportunities to develop showcases for your future career. You will normally choose your project before the second semester, and work on it throughout the whole second semester.
The MSc project is assessed by the quality of your Project Progress Report and your final Dissertation. It involves a combination of sound background research, a solid implementation or piece of theoretical work, and a well-structured and well presented report detailing the project's background, objectives and achievements. Your attitude and performance in the MSc project is also taken very seriously by prospective employers and other institutions to which you may be applying for further study. Find out more about the project and marking scheme.