The degree thesis

A student's course of studies ends with a final exam, which varies in accordance with the level of the programme, and generally consists in:

  • a paper or report for bachelor's programmes

  • the defence of their thesis for master's and single cycle degree programmes

Supervisors or tutors may check papers, reports and degree theses (both drafts and final versions) for plagiarism using the software, as described at the page Servizio di verifica originalità tesi di Laurea e Dottorato.

The Regulations of each degree programme specify the final exam procedures. To be awarded a bachelor's or master's degree the student must score at least 66/110 on the final exam. The maximum mark is 110/110, with possible honours.

Students may sit the final exam on set dates usually distributed in three sessions each year:

  • first session: from May to July
  • second session: from September to December
  • third session: from February to April

Check the Procedures and deadlines for your degree programme to know the dates of each session and the mandatory steps to sit the final exam. 

Students who graduate by the third session of the academic year need not pay the first instalment for the following academic year. 

Those who postpone their final exam to after this deadline must enrol in the following academic year. They must therefore pay both the first and second instalments, including the late-payment charge, with no reduction in fees unless they submit an ISEE certificate.

Graduation requirements

To graduate students must:

  • be up-to-date with fee payments up until the last year of enrolment. Those who graduate by the third session of academic year 2017-2018, are not required to pay the first instalment of academic year 2018-2019
  • have passed all exams in the most recent plan of studies approved
  • fulfil the requirements and respect all the procedures and deadlines set out for each  final exam session
  • have agreed with the supervisor on the title of the thesis before applying for graduation.
Extension of third final exam session a. y. 2019/2020

By a resolution passed on March 16, 2021, the Academic Senate set forth as follows regarding the extension of the last session of final exams for academic year 2019/2020, pursuant to Law no. 21 of February 26, 2021:

  • the degree programmes will set an extraordinary graduation session academic year 2019/2020 between June 7 and 15, 2021;
  • the extraordinary session is reserved for students who are off track in 2020/21 (or in their last year in 2019/20), with no more than two exams pending at the time of the graduation application;
  • graduation applications must be submitted within April 9, 2021;
  • only students complying with their study plan, as last approved, will be admitted to the final exam;
  • the degree programmes will set extraordinary exam sessions in May 2021, only students who have submitted their graduation application for the extraordinary graduation session academic year 2019/2020 will be able to access;
  • Students who graduate from the extraordinary session in June (academic year 2019/2020) may request a refund of fees paid for 2020/21, within 30 days of graduation.

For each degree programme, all deadlines for the extraordinary session will be posted to the Procedures and deadlines for degree programmes section and on the Graduating page of each degree programme website.

When you submit your graduation application, we will ask you to assess your study programme and the services of the university, and to tell us your aspirations

Download the official logos of the University and of your Faculty for the title page of your thesis or final paper

How thesis defense and graduation ceremony work, rules for photographers 

How to collect the parchment diploma and request degree certificates, checks on the veracity of self-certifications