Graduating

Thesis Keywords

Supervisor: Usually a MEF professor.   Each student must contact a potential supervisor with a topic proposal. Before endorsing it, the supervisor will consider whether the topic is feasible and falls within the (reasonable) domain of his/her expertise.

If you want to choose a non‐ MEF professor, you have to send an official request to mef@unimi.it. In this case, your request will be forwarded to the MEF Faculty Board (Collegio Didattico) for approval.

The final exam consists in the submission and public discussion, in front of a Committee, of a master’s dissertation in English language.

The master’s dissertation is an original piece of work, written in English by the candidate under the guidance of a supervisor, in accordance with the rules specified in the “Regolamento didattico di Ateneo” (University teaching regulation) and the “Regolamento di Facoltà” (Faculty regulation). Having obtained at least 99 credits for the learning activities of the study plan, a student may be admitted to undertake the final exam leading to the award of the master’s degree.

A total of 18 credits are reserved to the design, preparation and writing up of the master’s dissertation. The formal assignment of these credits can only take place at the moment when the dissertation is completed and discussed and the final exam is passed. The dissertation is evaluated during a Viva exam that will also conclude your master’s degree.

The exam committee consists of nine members of staff including the official thesis supervisor and a co‐supervisor nominated by the supervisor. At the end of the oral exam, the committee marks the dissertation on a scale from 0 (sufficient) to eleven points (exceptional). These points are then added to a pondered average of the marks obtained across all the exams, to calculate the final course grade on a scale from 0 to110. The maximum grade is 110/110 cum laude (distinction).

Please refer to the template attached

The dissertation is worth 18 credits. It must be written in English. The length is not formally specified in the Regulation, but it is expected to range within 50 and 100 pages.

Only in exceptional circumstances the thesis is allowed to be shorter or longer than this – in which case you should consult your supervisor.

The main goal of an academic dissertation is to produce an independent piece of writing that enables your teachers to evaluate your research skills. It is important to clarify that students at master’s level are not expected to produce a piece of original research, in the sense of research publishable in a specialized academic journal.

A dissertation is not a book nor an academic article (although it may grow into one). A dissertation is written mainly to prove that you are capable of doing independent research under the guidance of a more experienced academic.

Information to near-graduates

In order to graduate, you must comply with all the procedures, requirements and deadlines established for each graduation session. Please also note that you need your supervisor's prior consent to the dissertation title in order to submit your graduation application.

Near-graduates must follow the procedures and deadlines provided.

Online thesis submission

To be admitted to the final exam, students must do the following:

  • upload a digital copy of the thesis in PDF/A format by accessing - from UNIMIA -> SIFA Online Services -> Administrative services -> graduation application -> Thesis upload. You cannot apply for graduation without uploading the thesis within the deadline.
  • Create a PDF/A file of your thesis starting from a Word or LibreOffice document (follow instructions on the video tutorial).
  • Deliver one paper copy of your thesis following the instruction of your course programme (only Master and four-year degree programmes).
General and Faculty information
Graduation sessions

To be awarded a bachelor's or master's degree students may sit the final exam on set dates distributed in three sessions and four rounds minimum each year:

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

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

Graduation requirements

To graduate students must:

  • Be current with tuition and fees until the last year of enrolment
  • Pass all the exams required by your last approved study plan, within the deadlines
  • Agree on the thesis title with your supervisor before applying for graduation
  • Apply for graduation and pay the graduation fee
  • Fill in the upcoming graduate survey
  • Comply with programme-specific formalities and deadlines for each session

The graduation application must be submitted online by the deadline set for your session. Do not hand it in to the Student Registrar.

Payment

The payment of the € 116.00 graduation fee (including the € 16.00 stamp duty) may be made through Pago PA:

  • when submitting the online application, or
  • after submitting the graduation application, through the payment service 

Upcoming graduate survey
Upcoming graduates are required to fill in the survey within the term set for each session.
You can access the survey only after submitting the graduation application.
Failure to fill in the survey by the deadline will result in exclusion from the graduation session.

Deadlines, procedures and graduation calendars
Deadlines, calendars and procedures are different depending on the degree programme.

 

Each application is valid for a single exam session.

Students who forfeit an exam must promptly notify the Registrar through the Informastudenti Service. Students must submit another application through the online procedure, indicating the newly chosen exam session.

Once paid, the graduation fee is valid for the new session also. Postponements are not allowed.

Deadlines and calendars
Summer session (first session - single round) - a.y. 2023/2024
  • Final exams: 18 and 19 July 2024
  • Online application for graduation: from 2 to 17 May 2024
  • Graduand questionnaire completion deadline: within 17 May 2024
  • Deadline for completing exams: within 1 July 2024
  • Online thesis submission: from 17 June to 2 July 2024
  • Students must deliver a paper copy of the final work to the Commitee on the day of the exam (only if in presence). The copy will be given back at the end of the exam.
  • The calendar will be published indicatively on 12 July 2024
Autumn session (second session - first round) - a.y. 2023/2024
  • Final exams: October 2024
  • Online application for graduation: from 15 July to 2 August 2024
  • Graduand questionnaire completion deadline: within 2 August 2024
  • Deadline for completing exams: within 14 September 2024
  • Online thesis submission: from 16 to 30 September 2024
  • Students must deliver a paper copy of the final work to the Commitee on the day of the exam (only if in presence). The copy will be given back at the end of the exam.
  • The calendar will be published indicatively on 15 October 2024
  • Thesis presentation and announcement: 21 October 2024
Autumn session (second session - second round) - a.y. 2022/2023
  • Final exams: December 2023
  • Online application for graduation: from 9 to 23 October 2023
  • Graduand questionnaire completion deadline: within 23 October 2023
  • Deadline for completing exams: within 4 November 2023
  • Online thesis submission: from 6 to 16 November 2023
  • Students must deliver a paper copy of the final work to the Commitee on the day of the exam (only if in presence). The copy will be given back at the end of the exam.
  • The calendar will be published indicatively on 11 December 2023
  • Thesis presentation and announcement: 18 December 2023
Winter session (third session - single round) - a.y. 2022/2023
  • Final exams: March 2024
  • Online application for graduation: from 15 to 31 January 2024
  • Graduand questionnaire completion deadline: within 31 January 2024
  • Deadline for completing exams: within 31 January 2024
  • Online thesis submission: from 19 to 29 February 2024
  • Students must deliver a paper copy of the final work to the Commitee on the day of the exam (only if in presence). The copy will be given back at the end of the exam.
  • The calendar will be published indicatively on: 18 March 2024
  • Thesis presentation and announcement: on 25-27 March 2024