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Dissertation - General Information

The text below is an extract from the MSc handbook for students

The dissertation accounts for 33.3% per cent of the assessment for the MSc degree. Two bound hard-copies of the dissertation have to be submitted to the secretaries in McCrea 243 by 2pm on the first Thursday of September in the year of the written examination. You should plan to work conscientiously throughout the summer if you are to produce a satisfactory dissertation by the September deadline. You are reminded that the MSc course is full time education until the beginning of September (unless you have part time status) and that you are not supposed to take on any commitment during the summer that prevents you from spending most of your time on the dissertation.

Students are advised to use Latex or Word for preparing the MSc dissertation.  Latex is particularly suitable for mathematical content and we encourage the use of it. For some help please see the Mathematical software page .

The dissertation is usually between 8,000 and 16,000 words. The margins should be at least 2cm wide and the font size 11pt. Two bound hard-copies of the thesis have to be submitted. Students may use the ring-binder provided in the MSc common room. You can find some of the dissertations by students of previous years in the mathematics office C243 to get an idea of how they look.


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