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Final examination: modalities

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

The final examination consists in writing a dissertation (written in English, minimum 100 pages) on a subject pertinent to your studies, elaborated in an original way, under the guidance of a supervisor. The dissertation will be discussed publicly during a specific final examination session in front of a Board.

The Board will assess your performance using your curriculum as a reference. During the dissertation discussion, you may use slides and the Commission may ask you in-depth questions on methods, results and any developments of your work.

The dissertation should be prepared under the guidance of a supervisor (relatore) and should regard a subject in accordance with the didactic objectives of the degree programme (generally, the subject is related to one of the teaching activities attended during the degree programme).

FCM 2nd year students (and potential graduating students in general) are strongly suggested to begin asking the availability and interest of professors to be their supervisor (relatore) as soon as possible (before having concluded all the compulsory exams), for the benefit of a correct and appropriate planning of the final dissertation.


The final examination in FCM is worth 18 credits. The final evaluation is based on grades out of 110. The Committee and the supervisor can give a maximum of 5 points to the dissertation, which are added to the student's final average.

According to the decision of the degree programme's council from January 28th 2016, the Committee can award:
- 1 bonus point to FCM students having participated in an Erasmus+ exchange period of more than three months;
- 2 bonus points to FCM students having participated in the dissertation abroad programme periodically launched by the School of Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

Furthermore, according to the decision of the degree programme's council from July 20th 2016, the Committee can award 1 bonus point for one out of the following activities:
- if the candidate has obtained a minimum of 5 cum laude marks;
- if the candidate has obtained supplementary credit points;
- if the candidate has been suggested by a teacher for having participated with particular dedication and success in a project without credits (i.e. setting up of expositions, web communication projects).

[N.B. In any case, 5 points is the maximum of points which can be added to the student's final average.]

Graduation application

To submit your application online, you must access Studenti Online before the deadlines set for the application submission and the requirements  (two stamp fees of € 16 each will be due; the modalities are indicated in the online graduation application).

Admission Requirements

In order to graduate, you must have:

  • sat all the exams in your study plan and had them recorded;
  • paid all tuition fees;
  • 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;
  • compiled 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 re-pay only one duty stamp of € 16.

Further general information


Three graduation sessions are scheduled per academic year. The sessions include a number of dates, each with their deadlines for the submission of the graduation application, requirements and dates.

FINAL EXAMINATION DATES (Academic Year 2018/19):
(The attachment "Guidelines and Deadlines for the graduation application" will be updated soon for the Academic Year 2018/19.)

Graduation session

Dedline for Graduation Application

Deadline for Late graduation application

Deadline for Requirement fulfillment (with dissertation upload)

Deadline for Dissertation approval by the supervisor

Dissertation defense






From July 8th to July 12th 2019






From November 11th to November 15th 2019






From March 9th to March 13th 2020

Graduation applications require the payment of €32.00 in stamp duty (imposta di bollo).

Applications submitted after the ordinary deadline but within the final cut-off date ("Late graduation application") must be submitted with a €100.00 late fee.