Completing your doctoral studies

The final stage of the doctoral programme is the submission of a final dissertation.

The supervisor can opt to verify the originality of the student’s research, both in the preliminary and final versions of their thesis, using the Turnitin plagiarism checking software.

The thesis is evaluated by a minimum of two external examiners who can decide whether to recommend that the student be admitted to debate his/her work publicly, or that he/she revise and resubmit it if, in their opinion, the thesis requires additional work or correction.

Cycle 31 began on 1 October 2015 and will end on 30 September 2018.


  • The programme end date is automatically deferred in the event of suspensions authorised by the Academic Board or late enrolment (when enrolment occurred after 1 November 2015), for the period corresponding to the suspension or late enrolment

  • System Medicine, 30th Cycle, 4 years
    The programme began on 1st November 2014 and will end on 31 October 2018. All the  deadlines are deferred for one month.

14 September – 1 October

PhD students must submit their thesis to the Academic Board according to the procedures set out.

The Academic Board sends the theses – accompanied by a report on the research activity carried out – to highly qualified external professors who, after assessing them, return them to the students with a recommendation that the students be admitted to debate their work publicly, or that they revise and resubmit it within a maximum of six months.

1 - 31 October 2018

Only those students who have been granted permission by the Academic Board can apply online for admission to the final exam, without having to hand any documents in to the PhD Students Office:

  • Select ‘ammissione’ (admission) in the field that asks for the type of application to be entered
  • Pay the diploma fee of €116 Euros (including the €16 revenue stamp) with one of the following methods:
    • Visa or Mastercard credit card, for immediate payment
    • MAV form generated at the end of the online procedure.

If you are a System Medicine PhD sudent you must submit your admission application between 15 October and 15 November 2018.

Prior to the discussion of their thesis, students must send a copy of the thesis in electronic format, accompanied by an abstract in Italian and in English, to the members of the exam board as soon as they know the exam board members’ names.

Students can find out the names of the members of the exam boards by consulting the webpage “Exam Boards and Exam Dates” or by contacting the PhD Coordinator,

Before sitting the examination, students must:

  1. Upload their thesis on AIR.
  2. Print the declaration for the automatic filing of doctoral theses, then sign it and send it by email to:, together with a copy of an identity document.


The uploading service onto AIR is available 24 hours after making the online application.

Starting from cycle 30, the extension for the presentation of the thesis is no longer allowed, having been abolished by the Academic Senate in their meeting of 14 June 2016.

Forms for final examinations

Facsimile of frontispiece

Shows the essential information that must be included on the thesis frontispiece. The graphic layout is the student’s choice.

Authorisation to consult the thesis

Form to use only if the final exam was sat before October 2010.

Information and contact details

For more information, please contact the PhD Students Helpdesk at the Students Administration Office:

  • online, through Servizio Infostudenti – Students Information Service
  • in person, by booking an appointment through Servizio Infostudenti.

The Office (Via S. Sofia 9/1) is open between 1pm and 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays only by telephone on 199 188 128 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

The cost of the call from a landline is the same as the cost of an urban call. Charges from a mobile may vary according to service provider. To call from abroad, ring 0039 056676357. Charges may vary according to the service provider.