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Master's Dissertation

Please see the module descriptions below for details. In particular take note of the assessment and the syllabus, giving an overview of the various stages in the project. Deadlines are shown with your project information when you log into your PATS account.

You will also receive further information about your final year project by e-mail. E-mails relevant to everyone are also available below.

Project Guides

These guides are meant to help you produce good final year project reports. A good report is one that presents your project work concisely and effectively. It should contain various materials relevant to the work you have undertaken in respect of your project; it should be organised into a logical framework; and it should be supported by written material that follows well-established academic conventions in a consistent fashion.

An important point to remember is that the report should describe your work. Large chunks of bookwork describing standard material are unnecessary. You should simply refer to such material where necessary - assume that your reader is a competent computer or information systems theorist or practitioner.

The guidelines here are arranged roughly in the order that you will need them. For undergraduate projects much of the information given here is based upon the ideas presented in the first year module on “Professional Skills” (CM0128). Therefore we recommend that you refer back to that module’s notes.

Your project supervisor will guide you on what it is reasonable to expect a project in your chosen topic to deliver. However, all projects are required to justify all decisions made at every stage of research and the development of appropriate deliverables, including the choice of approach.

Project Handbook

The MSc project handbook covers most aspects concerning your project throughout its lifetime:

Project Writing Guide

A final report must be submitted at the end of the summer period. Guidance for writing this report is given in

Technical Guides

Please find further information below on how to use PATS, prepare the various deliverables in a suitable format and related technical issues.

  • Submission Guide: General instructions on how to submit the reports and plans for your final year project via PATS.
  • PDF Guide: Instructions on how to create PDF files required for all submissions via PATS.
  • Checksums: Instructions on how to generate file checksums to verify your submissions and for alternative submission mechanisms (as described in the Submission Guide).


The mark is based on your project approach, argument, products and reflection (on equal weighting) according to the following criteria:

  • Project approach
    • a professional approach is used
    • appropriate methods and tools are used
  • Argument
    • the dissertation is well structured
    • the dissertation justifies its conclusions.
  • Products
    • products deal with the problem appropriately
    • products make a contribution to knowledge
  • Reflection
    • The student has developed insight and understanding

Your project dissertation will be marked independenty by your Academic Supervisor and a second examiner (moderator) selected by the School on the basis of understanding of the subject area. They each give a mark out of 100. If their marks differ by 10 or less, the average is taken. If the difference is greater than 10, they meet together to discuss the reasons for the difference, and try to come to an agreement. If they cannot agree, a third marker will be appointed. You require a mark of at least 50% to pass; also see the MSc project handbook above.

Project Coordinator

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