School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

Dissertation timetable

This timetable will help you plan your project. Aside from the rows with dates (projects database opening, deadline for supervisors, poster presentation and dissertation hand-in) the rest is for advice only. You should discuss and agree appropriate activities and milestones with your supervisor.

The timetable is based on the principle of working towards the dissertation, rather than undertaking a project that you will write up at the end. As the dissertation is the thing that's marked, anything you don't include cannot be taken into consideration. Therefore, plan and draft the dissertation at an early stage. It is better to have a draft that you can change than nothing - and don't be afraid to change your mind, especially if an unrealistic plan is preventing progress.


1 April - 16 May

Find potential supervisors and discuss topics that you want to work on. The Master's project database opens on 1 April; it contains suggestions for topics from supervisors, but student proposals are welcome too. Think carefully about a subject area for your project – it’s hard to get a good mark if you aren't interested in the topic! Approach several potential supervisors and discuss your ideas.

Don’t worry if you don’t yet have a topic: the database does not open until you have done enough of the Spring term’s modules to get an idea about them and so you can discuss your interests with lecturers. Supervisors will NOT start accepting students until 11 April.

If you do have an idea about what your project might be on then feel free to discuss it with your lecturers whenever you like.

11 May All students should have contacted a supervisor by this date. Pending (not declined) requests will be honoured one week after this date assuming supervisors have not reached their assigned load. ALL students should be registered with a supervisor by 16 May.
1-2 weeks after being accepted by supervisor Submit a project proposal (1-2 A4 pages) to your supervisor, describing your project topic and aims. You should also draw up a schedule for meetings with your supervisor. (You might want to review this schedule from time to time, as the project progresses.)
End May Produce a draft survey of relevant work and requirements specification (or equivalent). Draw up a draft table of contents for the dissertation. Use this to plan a poster for your work.
Mid June Expand on your project proposal to produce a rough draft of the thesis. Produce a design and scenarios (or equivalent).
End June Produce a poster (hand in to:  Deadline to be confirmed, around end of June) and take part in the poster presentation (Date and time to be confirmed). The presentation should be an overview of the ideas behind your project and work in progress, and is an opportunity for you to gain feedback from faculty and peers, and practice in explaining and discussing your work.
Mid July Submit a draft of the dissertation to your supervisor for feedback. This will also give you a chance to reflect upon what you have achieved so far.
Early August Finish testing and evaluations.
Mid August Revise dissertation.

Before 16.00 
 3 September 2019 (all MScs)

Submit two bound copies of the dissertation to the Engineering and Informatics School Office.
Please note: the two copies submitted will not be returned. Students should therefore make additional copies for themselves, sponsors, future employers, etc.

MSc Advanced Computer Science timetable variations

Autumn Term Topics in Computer Science module. The work here is not required to lead to a dissertation, but it:
 - gives a sample of likely supervisors' interests
 - gives you an opportunity to practice the skills for the literature review and planning stages
 - may lead into your dissertation.

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