Summary: UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
Guidelines for Dissertations
Students who progress to the MSc programme are required to complete a
dissertation of approximately 20,000 words (+/- 10%) on a topic of their own
choice, which has been approved by their proposed supervisor.
Dissertations embody a period of individual research and, within the time-scale
available, should contain an element of original work. Originality may be
expressed in various ways - a small-scale field study, a survey, development of a
computer-based system, or an original analysis/critique of the literature (see later
section on types of dissertation).
The following guidelines deal with the general requirements for such dissertations
including guidance as to the layout of dissertations, which have to conform to
certain standards in order to be acceptable to the University.
Students will be advised following the June Exam Board (normally first week of
June) if they can proceed to MSc and if so, will then have their supervisor
confirmed. The dissertation submission date will normally be set for the first week
of September (you will be advised of the specific date by the course directorate
and/or your supervisor). Please note that extensions to this date are not possible,