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MSc Computer Science Project

Short name: CS Project
SITS code: COIY065D7
Credits: 60
Level: 7
Module leader: Vladislav Ryzhikov

Module outline

The project module is worth 60 credits, i.e. it constitutes one-third of the student's effort towards MSc. It consists of the project proposal (20%) and the project report (80%).

The project module now includes a brief series of lectures giving students guidance on how to plan, organise, and execute their projects, see detailed guidelines below.

The main aims of the project are to:

  • develop a systematic understanding and critical awareness of an agreed problem relevant to the programme
  • plan and execute a major piece of programming work appropriate to the programme
  • critically present existing approaches in the problem area, place their own approach in the wider area and evaluate their contribution
  • gain experience in communicating complex ideas/concepts and approaches/techniques to others by writing a comprehensive, self-contained proposal and report.

Students are encouraged to come up with their own idea for a project. A wide range of topics is acceptable so long as there is a substantial computing content and the project is predominantly of a practical, problem-solving nature.

It is the student's responsibility to find a project supervisor: when you have an idea, even only a tentative one, approach a suitable staff member to discuss it further. If you are not sure whom to approach, discuss it with the Projects Tutor. After these discussions, you will end up with a supervisor who has some interest or expertise in the topic of your project.


Indicative timetables can be found in the handbooks available on programme pages. Personalised teaching timetables for students are available via My Birkbeck.