The University of Southampton

COMP6200 MSc Project

Module Overview

The aims of this module are:

  1. To give you the opportunity to demonstrate advanced knowledge of your specialist subject 
  2. To provide the opportunity to work in a research-led environment 
  3. To develop research skills and prepare you for a career in research and development

Your research project will enable you to explore in depth some aspect of your specialist subject area.  You will be allocated a project supervisor with whom you will meet and agree a project brief and plan. These must be submitted to, and agreed by, the project coordinator. You will thereafter have weekly meetings, either in person or electronically, with your supervisor or, if your supervisor is unavailable, a delegated deputy. The dissertation is in the first week of September, unless an extension is agreed or you are taking referral examinations. 

Aims & Objectives


Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Scientific and technological principles underlying your chosen topic of study
  • Specialist tools and techniques used to design, analyse, implement, build and verify systems
  • Current research issues relevant to your chosen topic of study

Subject Specific Intellectual

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Acquire new knowledge and understanding through critical reading of research material
  • Apply such knowledge and understanding to specialist design problems

Transferable and Generic

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Use printed and on-line catalogues and databases to locate relevant technical information
  • Present specialist technical information in written and verbal forms
  • Work independently on a significant research project

Subject Specific Practical

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Use knowledge of tools and methods relevant to your subject area to carry out research


The topic or topics covered will be agreed by negotiation between yourself and the supervisor who is allocated to support you with your project.

Learning & Teaching

Learning & teaching methods

Project supervision14


Assessment methods

MethodHoursPercentage contribution
15,000 word dissertation-100%

Referral Method: By set coursework assignment(s)

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