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Final examination: modalities and deadlines

To graduate, you have to sit a final examination designed to verify that you have reached the education objectives set by the Degree Programme.

Final dissertations and graduation ceremonies shall be held in person.

Students may invite a number of guests determined by each Department based on logistics and organisation requirements. No maximum limit applies to the number of participants that can attend remotely.

The dissertation discussion can take place remotely for:

  • students who are unable to travel due to force majeure;
  • students domiciled abroad, who have been admitted to the final exam/remote discussion of their dissertation, where envisaged, for courses that award double or joint degrees;
  • students who are serving prison sentences.

Characteristics of final examination

In agreement with the university teaching regulations, the final examination consists in the production and public discussion of a dissertation on a topic consistent with the degree Programme objectives or with the activities performed during the internship. Training occurs under the guidance of a tutor professor who supervises and supports the activity of the student, and checks the quality of the dissertation before it is sent to the judging committee.

Final examination methods

The final examination consists in the preparation of a dissertation written in English on a topic consistent with the practical activities performed during the internship period, to be eventually discussed in public in English language. The student will submit the dissertation to the supervising professor and to the judging committee by uploading the dissertation file on the appropriate web site. The dissertation will be publicly discussed in front of a judging committee, appointed by the Board of the degree Programme as established by the University Teaching Regulations: during the dissertation you may use slides and the Board may ask more detailed information on the methodology adopted, the results achieved and possible developments of your work.

Graduation application

To submit your application online, you must access Studenti Online before the deadlines set for the application submission and the requirements.

Registration of the curricular internship

In order to graduate, your curricular internship must be ended and registered before the set deadlines, according to the rules available here:

Guarantee of originality

This service was designed to assist professors in their surveillance activities, which offer the main guarantee of the effective quality and originality of the dissertation or thesis, as well as guaranteeing the quality of the learning process for which the dissertation or thesis was produced for the final examination of students who are about to complete their study programme.

A special software is used to automate the analysis process, which until now was carried out manually by the professor, providing a computerised support which compares the produced texts with a wide database comprising all the documents published on the web and various scientific databases.

Candidates must upload their thesis file on Compilation platform through the e-mail address that they wil be given by their supervisors. Candidates must pay particular attention to the deadlines for the thesis upload and must upload the Guarantee of Originality Report too.

Candidates must follow the instructions that they will receive by e-mail (see instructions in the "Attachments" box).

Modalities and Deadlines

In order to graduate you must:

a. submit your Graduation Application via Studenti Online (;

b. pay all tuition fees. The Student Administration Office will check the regularity of your payments and will contact you in case there are fees to be paid;

c. satisfy the following requirements by the Deadlines you can find in the "Attachments" box:

  1. sat all the exams in your study plan and had them recorded;
  2. uploaded the dissertation in pdf format on Studenti Online. The dissertation can be uploaded multiple times, until the requirements deadline expires. When uploading the dissertation, the system will ask you to enter some key words and a brief abstract;
  3. uploaded the Guarantee of Originality Report as a PDF format;
  4. submitted the Alma Laurea questionnaire on Studenti Online.

The Student Administration Office will verify all requirements and will contact you if there are any issues, to allow you to regularise your position before the final examination.

The graduation application is valid for just one graduation session. If you graduate in a later session, you will have to re-submit your graduation application and pay only the duty stamp.

N.B: candidates must check their Unibo e-mail address ( regularly, especially near to deadlines. The title of the dissertation that will appear on the front page of the thesis must correspond exactly to the one inserted on Studenti Online while submitting their applications.