MSC dissertation Topics
It is the responsibility of the student to identify a suitable project topic.
This will require reading, investigating research areas in informatics, locating relevant research papers, and talking to people about your interests. You can also look at individual faculty members' project entries in the Master's project database. You can make use of anyone's office hour and also meet with your degree programme convenor. You can also propose your own topic but need to find someone willing to supervise it. Look up the web pages of individual research supervisors, to find out whether your interests match those of a someone who might be willing to supervise you.
You are positively encouraged to see a project with a commercial/industrial flavour. If you can find an industrial sponsor or even host, that would be good, although you will still need an academic supervisor. The University does not have any claim on intellectual property generated from a student's (sole) work, but you should talk with your academic supervisor if you have any queries about this. You should also seek advice before entering into any formal agreement with a company.
If your project makes a contribution to research, you might be able to publish a paper based on it. But in any case, do not be concerned with publishing or commercial exploitation until after your project is finished - your primary aim should be to produce an excellent dissertation.
ITBM students may also like to view the research interests of faculty members in SPRU, and SPRU research topics. However, you should only consider SPRU topics that are relevant to the modules you take on ITBM delivered by SPRU. These are modules focused around Technology, Innovation and Management. There will be a generic SPRU project listed on the Master's project database that points you to relevant SPRU faculty convened to supervise such projects.
Finding a supervisor:During April you should find a supervisor. This is a matter of negotiation, since choice of supervisor depends on what topic you have identified. See above, and look at individual faculty members' project entries in the Master's project database. Note that each supervisor is allocated a number of students (load) to supervise. They may supervise more than this number of students - especially if they are interested in a project you propose - but do not have to. You are thus advised to contact several suitable supervisors to discuss possible supervision and potential topics as early as you can. You should also contact them after they have reached their load as they may be happy to supervise a project that interests them. Similarly, if faculty have a load of 0, it means they may be willing to supervise a project in a particular area of interest to them. As well as the database, it is also worthwhile visiting supervisors' web pages to find out more about their areas of research.
You should talk to multiple supervisors to keep your options open. Supervisors will generally discuss topics with several students and then choose which to supervise. Once you have selected suitable topics or supervisors, pick the topic through the database, or propose your own project. However, also email supervisors to arrange to meet up to discuss your project (or to ask their advice on what topic to pick).
To provide inspiration on the range of topics available, the database contains projects proposed by past faculty. If you find a topic through the search facility, please check that the supervisor is on the 'supervisor list'. If they are not there, they are no longer supervisors. Feel free to use these projects as inspiration to propose your own project but note that it might be too specific to the old faculty member.