Dissertation - General Information
The text below is an extract from the MSc handbook for students
The dissertation accounts for 33.3% of the assessment for the MSc degree. Two bound hard-copies of the dissertation have to be submitted to the administrators in McCrea 247 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 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.
In Term 2, there will be a training session to provide guidance on the project, with particular emphasis on mathematical writing and on plagiarism. You can find some resources including a LaTeX template here
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 here
The dissertation is usually of length between 8,000 and 16,000 words. The margins should be at least 2cm wide and the font size 11pt. Two bound hardcopies of the thesis have to be submitted. You can find some of the dissertations by students of previous years in the mathematics office C247 to get an idea how they look like.