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Computing science project proposal

Course code:INFOMCOSC1
Credits:15 ECTS
Period:Possible in any periode individually
Participants:up till now 3 subscriptions
Schedule:Official schedule representation can be found in MyTimetable
coordinatie          Marjan van den Akker
Note:No up-to-date course description available.
Text below is from year 2019/2020
Contents:Master thesis projects that start after Sept. 2015 are split in two phases of 15 + 25 EC, which we will refer to as Phase-1 and Phase-2. Projects that started before this time remain to use the old 40EC format. The text below describes the new two-phases projects.


To be allowed to start with the thesis project, you must:
  1. have obtained at least 67.5 EC.
  2. have given a presentation for the Computing Science colloquium, or will give it within one month.
  3. have attended at least 25 Computing Science colloquia (if you started before Sept. 2016, note that in total you need, among other things, 30x attendance to complete your colloquium part).


You are required to apply for approval of your research project by submitting a request via OSIRIS Student. After logging in, please select ‘My Cases’, ‘Start Case’ and then ‘Research Project GSNS’. Important: in order to apply completely and correctly, you must have discussed the project setup with your intended project supervisor beforehand! We advise you to study the request form previous to discussing it with your supervisor, or fill it out together, to make sure you obtain all of the information required. Also ensure that you have included a second examiner (UU staff member).

After submitting your request, it will be forwarded to your supervisor, the master’s programme coordinator, the board of examiners and student affairs for checks and approvals. After approval of your project it will be automatically registered in OSIRIS. If something needs to be amended, you will be notified by email.

Mention in the Application Form (included in the Case), when the Phase-1 and Phase-2 are expected to end.

There is no need to register your participation in Osiris.

Work time

You are advised to work full time (i.e. 5 days per week), but 4 days per week is also allowed. In that case, please note that your project takes 25% more time to finish.

External projects

It is possible to do your thesis project at an external organization, e.g. a company or a government institute. One of the staff members of the department should approve the project and serve as a supervisor. If an external party hosts you as a student, you also need to provide a Work Place Agreement (which is included in your case in OSIRIS Student and can be found here). The project's topic should lie within the domain of at least one of the four tracks within the Computing Science Master Programme. We encourage you to choose a topic that fits your supervisor’s interests and ongoing work closely.

Phase-1 (15 EC)

This phase comprises 10-11 weeks of full-time work and is intended for you to do a preliminary study (usually in the form of literature study), and to propose and plan your research. Importantly, this phase will give a go/no-go decision towards Phase-2. You are expected to deliver a research proposal consisting the following:

  • A literature study section, summarizing works that are relevant to your research.
  • Well formulated research question(s).
  • The relevance of the research questions for science, technology, and society.
  • A description of your research methodology.
  • A plan for the second part of the thesis.

Additionally, depending on the nature of the project, your supervisor may require you to perform some initial research work in Phase-1, either in order to provide a convincing argument towards the prospect and feasibility of your Phase-2, or for efficiency to already do some work of Phase-2, e.g. developing an initial theory or building a first prototype of an algorithm. If such work is required, make an agreement with your supervisor on the scope of this work.

At the end of Phase-1 the supervisors will make a go/no-go decision . This decision, in terms of pass or not pass, will be entered in Osiris. To help the assessment, there is a Phase-1 Assessment Form available here.

For projects that in November 2019 or later: the assessment is done in OSIRIS Docent and the paper forms cannot be accepted anymore.

Phase-1 assessment criteria:

  • Scientific quality. This concerns the quality of the literature study, the relevance and impact of the research questions, the merit of proposed research method.
  • Writing skills. This concerns the quality of your writing, use of English, textual structure, and coherence/consistency of your text.
  • Planning. This concerns the clarity and feasibility of the proposed planning.
  • The quality of additional work, if such is required.

Phase-2 (25 EC)

See this website.

Previous thesis projects

If you are curious about previous projects of fellow students, you can find them in the University repository, here.

Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:To qualify for the retake exam, the grade of the original must be at least 4.