Candidates are expected to find a topic and supervisor by the end of the first trimester, begin work on the Applied Research Project in the second semester and complete the Applied Research Project by the end of the third trimester. An Applied Research Project can be completed either as an individual project or by a group of two students. In the case of the latter, the grade for each team member may differ depending on the supervisor’s assessment of individual effort in the Applied Research Project.
The Applied Research Project will be assessed based on the project but the marking scheme will take into account continuous improvement and contribution to knowledge.
All candidates have the option of replacing the ARP with one full course or two half courses. Candidates who choose not to do the ARP are allowed to take four full courses for one of the three trimesters or take 3 full courses and one half course in any two trimesters so that they can graduate within a year.