Advanced Computer Science Project (954G5)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The dissertation will describe work undertaken as an individual project, supervised by a member of faculty. This project should add depth to an area studied elsewhere in the degree, or of personal interest. This may focus on computer science or software engineering, but should position itself with respect to the literature in the area of study and demonstrate the ability to apply relevant methods to solve a research problem and examine the properties of the solution. The poster presentation will give an opportunity for early feedback and give experience of presenting and defending research ideas, which will be valuable training for both academic and industrial settings. There is an expectation that a working computer program will be developed within the process, but it may be that a theoretical study, or experimental study through deployment or simulation will form a substantial part of the work - and emphasis in writing and assessment should reflect appropriate methods for the problem being studied. It is possible to reproduce prior results, in which case criticism of the original work, any extensions or variations and the detail available for reproduction should be the focus.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 600 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: