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Graduation

The final exam consists in the elaboration of a written thesis, the result of mature critical elaboration, assigned by a professor on a topic agreed with the student. The thesis will be presented, with the participation of a co-supervisor, in front of a Dissertation Panel composed according to the regulations in force.

The master's degree course ends with the elaboration and discussion of a thesis. Compared to the final exam of the students at the end of the Bachelors, the Master’s Thesis is undoubtedly a more complex experience in terms of duration and commitment. The aim of the Master's Thesis is, in fact, to attest the acquisition of specialized knowledge and skills in the field of study; on the other, of an advanced formation that shows in particular critical autonomy and scientific research capacity. The Master's Degree Thesis must be understood as the result of a research work, not necessarily empirical: the elaborate, starting from the state of knowledge of the research object, and therefore finding an adequate foundation knowledge of literature and the state of scientific debate, which should result in an original contribution by the graduating student to the topic of  study (although, in general, specific and circumscribed).

The thesis must be an original contribution from a scientific and a methodological point of view and there must be non-plagiarism. The thesis can be written in Italian or English, for students of the socio-political-economic curriculum (if in English, the thesis must be accompanied by an abstract in Italian of 10 pages). Students in the curriculum in English will have to perform the thesis exclusively in English.

The student agrees on the topic of the thesis with a supervisor, who follows the elaboration of it, and which must take place in a scientific disciplinary sector among those present in the study plan of the master's degree of the student. (It is not possible to graduate in the scientific disciplinary sector of the chosen activities, if different from those foreseen by the didactic regulation).

The thesis is developed autonomously by the student; the preparation methods are agreed with the Supervisor who will provide advice and all necessary assistance. In relation to the number of credits associated with the final exam, the number of pages of the Master’s thesis should be between 100 and 150, each must be circa 2.000 characters page (including spaces, tables, figures, charts, diagrams, footnotes, etc.), for a total of circa 200/300 thousand characters. The students are expected to work on the elaboration of their thesis from a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 10 months.

The final grade is given by the sum (over a total of 110 points) of the following contributions: weighted average of the grades obtained in the exams performed during the master course, with weights given by the credits; the result is normalized to 110 points. You can get two more points if you are completing the programme “in corso”. Final examination grade is added to the starting grade. The final examination grade vary from 0 to 8. The grade is awarded at the incontestable discretion of the Dissertation Panel on the basis of the following criteria: Completeness, accuracy, and validity of your Master’s thesis; Novelty and research capacity; Quality of your presentation and discussion; Assessment of your academic career.

The final exam consists of two steps:
1. Request of the thesis
2. Submission of the online graduation application. 
On the Department website, it is possible to find:

 

  • the graduation schedule
  • deadlines
  • the operational indications
  • the guidelines
  • the topic proposals indicated by the professors
  • formats ready to lay out texts