School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

MSc dissertations and projects

The deadline for the submission of Informatics project dissertations in 2018/19  is Tuesday, 3 September 2019 at 4.00 pm.

Handing in your dissertation

Hand your dissertation in at the Engineering and Informatics School Office (Chichester 1, Room 002). Any change in arrangements will be notified on the office door.

You should hand in TWO bound copies of the dissertation. Both must have a cover sheet bound in as the first page (see below). Program code must also be submitted; we suggest you submit this code electronically via the MSc Project Canvas site. Alternatively, you can submit it on a USB drive or similar taped to each dissertation copy, or as a printed appendix to the dissertation.

Important: Neither copy of the dissertation will be returned to you. You should make additional copies for yourself - to show sponsors, potential employers etc.

Ethical Review

All students should consider the ethical implications of their project, following the ethical guidelines, and should obtain ethical approval if necessary.

Word length

The dissertation should be no longer than 12,000 words (9,000 words for MSc Management for Information Technology) including any quotations in the text, but excluding the abstract, footnotes, tables and their captions, the bibliography and appendices. All extensive listings of data etc should be included as appendices. Program code can also be included as an appendix but we would prefer it to be uploaded electronically via Canvas, or on a USB drive or similar attached to each copy of the dissertation.

Binding your dissertation

A standard cover sheet must be bound in as the first page of your dissertation, before the title page. Download the Masters dissertation cover sheet [DOCX 16.32KB].

Complete and sign the cover sheet. It includes a declaration stating that you have read and understood the definitions of 'plagiarism' and 'collusion' as set out in the Examination and Assessment Handbook. Warning: if your dissertation is subsequently found to contain material that has been plagiarised, or to be a product of collusion with another student, you risk failing your MSc.

There is no prescribed method of binding, as long as it is robust and neat.

Don't leave binding until the last minute! Demand for binding facilities will be heavy around the date of submission, and you don't want to risk handing your dissertation in late. There are various binding facilities in the University, including both heat and comb binders at the Engineering and Informatics School Office. You can use these for a small charge. The heat binder takes only a few minutes; the comb binder takes longer, depending on the number of pages to be bound.

Suggested format

General structure: Title Page, Abstract, Acknowledgements, Table of Contents, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 ....Chapter N, References, Appendices.

For the main body of the dissertation, use a proportional font. For program code, a monospaced font is advised.

Marking criteria

See the left-hand links for the required dissertation content and details of the marking criteria. Where programs form a part of the project, you should expect to be asked to demonstrate a working implementation to your supervisor.

School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

School Office:
School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex, Chichester 1 Room 002, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QJ
T 01273 (67) 8195

School Office opening hours: Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00
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