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Writing a degree dissertation


Candidates may choose a subject area or learning activity among those included in their study plan.
Alternatively, students willing to choose a learning activity or subject area that is NOT included in their study plan are required to ask the authorization from the Director of Studies by email, explaining their reasons.
Candidates may choose as a thesis supervisor any professor pertaining to the subject group specified in the relevant Degree programme teaching regulation (art. 18, paragraph 6 of the University teaching regulation).



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 Writing a degree dissertation in a foreign language (i.e. other than English) 

Guidelines for writing a degree dissertation in a foreign language.The degree programme board may authorize a degree dissertation to be written in a foreign language. Those who may apply to do this are especially:
1. students on degree programmes where gaining foreign language credits is scheduled, as well as a compulsory foreign language test;
2. students who have done the work for their dissertation abroad or in liaison with international research centres;
3. students on degree programmes enjoying agreements with foreign universities geared to awarding joint or double degrees;
4. students who have spent a study period abroad;
5. students on degree programmes taught entirely or partly in a foreign language.
Dissertations may only be written in: French, German and Spanish, and must also contain an abstract in Italian. The supervisor must give his/her consent and vouch for the linguistic quality of the writing. Situations not corresponding to the above categories may be submitted, via the respective Degree Programme Board, to the judgment of the Joint Teaching Committee.


Civil Engineering Research A and Civil Engineering Research B

-Civil Engineering Research A:

The course is aimed at introducing the student to some individual activities which will continue in the second year with the preparation of the final dissertation: the organization of a complex and integrated project in the field of civil engineering, or the state-of-art analysis of a research problem, selected at the beginning of the course.

The specific activity is arranged with the supervisor, who will tutor the student and recommend the relevant bibliography. The supervisor is selected by the student among the professors of the Civil Engineering Master’s Program. For the student to pass the examination, the supervisor must approve the activity (oral assessment). 

-Civil Engineering Research B:  is the final paper (dissertation) to which 12 CFU are assigned. The thesis defense is the presentation and discussion in front of the Examination Board of the Master’s programme,  in order to verify that candidates have achieved the learning outcomes laid down in their study programme. The final paper requires a consistent activity of the student, who will deepen the use and understanding of modelling and experimental tools, also in relation to design features.