M.Sc. in Mathematics by Coursework
Coursework Project Guide

About the Project

Starting a Project

Registering for Project Module

Project Report Submission


  • The project report should be typed on A4 size paper.
  • Two printed copies of the report must be submitted. They may be ring-bound or held together in folders or files. If a project requires programming, each copy of the report should also be accompanied with a CD containing the programme.
  • There is no strict limit on the length of the report but this should normally be between 30 and 45 pages, and should not exceed 55 pages (excluding summary, content pages, etc. and figures or tables).
  • Font size should be at least 12pts and paragraphs should be double-spaced. The margins on each page should be at least 3cm (top, bottom, left and right).
  • Students are further discouraged from producing thesis with more than 65 pages in length (excluding summary, content pages, etc. and figures or tables). Examiners will have the discretion to impose marks penalty for theses that exceed this page limit.
  • The project report must be submitted by the stipulated deadline. It will be assessed by the supervisor and an examiner (nominated by the supervisor or the Department).
  • The submission deadline is 5pm on Thursday of Week 12 in the semester that the project is due.
  • Refer to this page [HP-Report] on writing report references and summary page.


  • Each student is required to give an oral presentation on his/her project, in the presence of an audience made up of interested staff and students. The oral presentation should last between 30 and 45 minutes and will be assessed by the supervisor and an examiner.
  • The presentation will be scheduled in Week 13 of the semester that the project is due, i.e. one week after submission of first draft.
  • Refer to this page [HP-Talks] for pointers on giving an oral presentation.


  • Following the oral presentation, each student will be interviewed by the supervisor and examiner team. The interview will focus on the subject matter of the project.
  • Depending on the extent of the questions and answers, the interview may take between 30 and 60 minutes, and will give the student an opportunity to clear up misunderstandings or uncertainties about the materials presented in the project.
  • At the interview, the assessors may give the student a list of matters requiring attention (ranging from typographical to mathematical errors) and correction. The student would be required to amend the report accordingly for final submission.

A student who is required to make amendments to the report should do so immediately after the interview. The amended report should then be submitted as follows:

  1. One printed copy to the Department (which may be ring-bound or held together in a folder or file). If the project requires programming which also has to be amended, a new CD containing the revised programme should be submitted together with the amended report. This version will be used by the supervisor in the final assessment.
  2. One soft copy for online submission and electronic archiving. The report must be converted to PDF format for this submission.
  3. Both hard and soft copies must be submitted by 5.00pm on Thursday of the Reading Week in the semester that the project is due.

Extension of Project Duration

Changing Supervisor