MSc by Research Phase

Information about the 1st year of the programme, and progression to the PhD phase.

In Year 1 of the CDT PPar programme you will be registered for the degree of MSc by Research in Pervasive Parallelism. In addition to your MSc project, to which you will devote the overwhelming majority of your time, you will undertake a small number of academic courses, including the compulsory Pervasive Parallelism” course, together with a range of sessions on transferable research skills. Students who successfully complete the first year will be awarded a Master of Science by Research degree.

Please read the MSc by Research Course Requirements for details of course constraints and registration rules. You are asked to complete course registration before the end of week 1.


Regulations, Assessment and Board of Examiners

The MSc by Research in Pervasive Parallelism is administered by the School's MSc Board of Examiners. More detailed information on the governance and examination processes is available below:

Note that some aspects of the MSc by Research in Pervasive Parallelism degree differ from the general MSc procedures outlined in the MSc Course Guide, as detailed in the MSc by Research Course Requirements link above. In particular, the MSc by Research Thesis (Pervasive Parallelism) is undertaken throughout the year, and so MSc by Research in Pervasive Parallelism students take no part in the IRR, IRP or 'summer only' MSc project processes. Standard MSc regulations apply to the individual taught courses at all times.


Preparing for your PhD

CDT in Pervasive Parallelism students are assigned their supervisors before the start of their MSc by Research year. Normally, your supervisors will remain the same throughout your PhD, although in some cases they may change if you decide to pursue a different area of research.  While working with your supervisors on your MSc by Research Thesis (Pervasive Parallelism), you will also be formulating plans for your PhD proposal, which will be reviewed after completion of the MSc thesis. Typically this will be a natural extension of your MSc work, but you are free to change direction in discussion with your supervisors.

It is a good idea to read through the information on the CDT PPar PhD pages during your MSc by Research year, to ensure the smoothest possible transition into the PhD phase.


Progression to the PhD Phase

After MSc thesis submission (deadline for 2017 is Fri 18th August at 12:00 noon), first year CDT students will present their MSc thesis work and future research plans to a PhD progression panel, convened by the principal supervisor, and comprising the three supervisors and one further independent member selected by the principal supervisor. The wild card supervisor may submit comments electronically if unable to attend the panel meeting. This meeting should take place by Friday 8th September 2017.

At least two full days in advance of the meeting, the student should make electronically available to the members of the panel:

  • the MSc thesis
  • a two page document describing lessons learned from the project, the revised PhD vision and insights, and a plan of activities for the next three months
At the meeting, the student will give a presentation of around 20 minutes on the above material and then answer questions from the panel.
The panel will approve or refuse progression to the three-year PhD phase, and will write a short report indicating and justifying this decision, and offering comment and advice to the student. The report will be e-mailed to the student, and copied to
The progression decision is independent of success or failure in the MSc itself.  

School Information

A range of School resources are accessible online, giving CDT PPar first year students access to established teaching materials and facilities available elsewhere in Informatics.