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IRP 1 (5/2/2015)


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First IRP meeting (5/2/2015)

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IRP 1 (5/2/2015)

  1. 1. IRP First meeting 5/2/2015 Tutor: Paolo Pareti Slides available from
  2. 2. Calendar Thu 5th Feb 1st Tutorial Thu 12th Feb 2nd Tutorial Thu 19th Feb No tutorial Innovative Learning Week Thu 26th Feb 3rd Tutorial Thu 5th Mar 4th Tutorial Thu 12th Mar 5th Tutorial Thu 19th Mar 6th Tutorial Thu 26th Mar 7th Tutorial Thu 2nd Apr 8th Tutorial
  3. 3. What is a Research Proposal? A document which describes and justifies an intended research project.
  4. 4. Why writing a Research Proposal? Research takes time and resources ● Apply for grants ● Apply for a research position Research is difficult ● Without well-defined ideas, research is likely to fail
  5. 5. ● What do you want to do? Objectives / Hypothesis ● Why would you do it? Motivation ● Is it novel? How? Background ● How are you going to do it? Methodology ● How do you know if you succeeded? Evaluation ● How do you plan to work? Research plan Components of an IRP
  6. 6. You will be able to answer those questions only after completing your project. ● How have you done it? Implementation / Experiments ● How was it evaluated? Evaluation ● How was the outcome? Discussion of the results Outside the scope of the IRP
  7. 7. ● How often to meet in person? ○ Usually once every 1 or 2 weeks ● Suggestions for a fruitful meeting ○ Keep a good balance between explaining your ideas and receiving the supervisor’s feedback ○ Take notes during the meeting ○ You can email your supervisor a summary of the meeting ■ Useful for both of you to remember what you discussed during the previous meeting ● Be actively engaged, not passively. After all, it is your MSc ● Be polite but don’t be afraid to ask. If you haven’t heard back from your supervisor after a few days, you can remind them of your query. Supervisors
  8. 8. Part 1: The final output of your MSc will be your MSc thesis Read the outline of a typical MSc thesis, to know what is expected from you: Part 2: Think about your project, and prepare a short answer to at least 2 of these questions: ● What do you want to do? Objectives / Hypothesis ● Why would you do it? Motivation ● How are you going to do it? Methodology I will ask you to present your ideas during next tutorial Exercise for next week
  9. 9. Any questions? The End