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 plagiarism checking software, as described at the page Servizio di verifica originalità tesi di Laurea e Dottorato.

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.

Notice Doctoral studies final examinations

Dates and procedures of Doctoral studies final examinations will be published at the webpage Esami finali - Elenco commissioni e date esami.

Administration Office for Doctoral, Vocational Master's, and International Students

You can contact us online or visit the help desk by appointment.

Cycle 32 began on 1 October 2016 and will end on 30 September 2019.


  • 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 2016), for the period corresponding to the suspension or late enrolment

  • Studies on Organized Crime: the programme began on 1st February 2017 and will end on 31 January 2020. All the  deadlines are deferred.

14 September – 1 October (14 January - 1 February for Studies on Organized Crime)

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.

14 September - 14 October

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 Pago PA

If you are a Studies on Organized Crime student you must submit your admission application between February 13 and February 27 2020.

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, fill in and sign the declaration and upload it, together with a copy of an identity document, by using the following link:


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

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.

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.