All students producing theses/dissertations in the School of Informatics are asked to produce an electronic archive of their thesis. These theses are an extremely valuable resource for other researchers and for students doing projects in the future. The electronic archive enables them to make a stronger contribution, building on work that has gone before, and appropriately putting their work in context and acknowledging previous contributions.

For this reason, you are asked to also submit a PDF document electronically.

There may be some people who have good reasons why their theses cannot or should not be made part of an electronic archive. Those people should ensure that their supervisor knows the reasons and tick the appropriate box on the submission page. Nevertheless they must still submit the thesis electronically so that it is available in that form for the external examiners.

You are asked to make an submit of your thesis in pdf format as follows:

1. Create the PDF file

Most word processing packages have the option to save a file as pdf, so generating your thesis in pdf format should be straightforward. For example, if you are using LaTeX, on a DICE machine you can use pdflatex to convert your thesis directly from latex to pdf as follows:

    $ pdflatex <thesis>.tex

This will produce a file <thesis>.pdf in the same directory.

Take care to ensure that all figures, tables and listings are correctly incorporated into the pdf file you plan to submit.

2. Submit the PDF

Use the online form to submit the PDF form of your thesis. You will need to specify the name of your PDF file on this web form.

This form requires you to nominate a "project directory" that contains appropriate supporting evidence for the project examiners, as well as to provide the location of a pdf file containing your project report. The project directory should contain sufficient additional material to allow the project examiners to come to a decision on matters such as: level of completion of the project, the quality of the project and the amount of work required to complete the project.

The marking guidelines and form used to grade projects are based entirely on the content of the report. The additional material will be used to assess the accuracy of claims in the report.

Projects often build on work previously carried out, in some cases re-using code and data from earlier projects. We would like your project materials to be available for further use in research, private study or education, if requested. However, if you decide that you do not want your project materials re-used, please tick the relevant box.

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