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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.

Extension of the exam session and final examination deadline to 15 June 2020

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the exam session and final examination deadline for the 2018/19 a.y. has been extended to 15 June 2020 (Decree-Law No. 18 of 17 March 2020).

Who is eligible for extension

If you were unable to graduate in March due to issues related to the emergency, you can submit a graduation application for the extraordinary session, but only if you are enrolled regularly, “fuori corso” (past envisaged completion time for the degree course) or as a repeating student in the a.y. 2018/19 in the last year of a full-length degree programme.

You are only eligible for extension if your study plan was complete and you fulfilled all attendance requirements by the end of the a.y. 2018/19.

In detail:

  • if you are enrolled regularly, “fuori corso” (past envisaged completion time for the degree course) or as a repeating student in the a.y. 2018/19 in the second year and, by the end of the academic year, you included in your study plan all the learning activities planned in your degree programme in order to take the exams and graduate;
  • If you have to take exams in order to meet all the necessary requirements, please contact your contact teacher directly.

Who is not eligible for extension

You are not eligible for extension if:

  • you failed to meet attendance requirements by the end of the a.y. 2018/19;
  • you made changes to your study plan in the a.y. 2019/20 and took exams related to that study plan;
  • you did not have a complete study plan, so in the a.y. 2019/20 you had to make changes to include exams:
    - for Bachelor degrees: you are enrolled regularly, “fuori corso” (past envisaged completion time for the degree course) or as a repeating student in the a.y. 2018/19 in the third year, and in the a.y. 2019/20 you made changes to your study plan to include exams because you did not have the 180 university educational credits you needed to graduate;
    - for Two year master degrees: you are enrolled regularly, “fuori corso” (past envisaged completion time for the degree course) or as a repeating student in the a.y. 2018/19 in the second year, and in the a.y. 2019/20 you made changes to your study plan to include exams because in your study plan you did not have the 120 university educational credits you needed to graduate;
    - for Single cycle degrees: you are enrolled regularly, “fuori corso” (past envisaged completion time for the degree course) or as a repeating student in the a.y. 2018/19 in the fifth or sixth year (in the five-year or six-year degree programme respectively), and in the a.y. 2019/20 you made changes to your study plan to include exams because in your study plan you did not have the university educational credits you needed to graduate.

Please note: this is not an early session of the a.y. 2019/20. If you are enrolled in the a.y. 2019/20 in the last year of a full-length degree programme, you are not eligible for extension.

You are also not eligible for extension if you had enrolled regularly in the a.y. 2018/19 in the last year of a full-length degree programme and are now enrolled in the a.y. 2019/20 as a repeating student.

 

What to do if you are eligible for extension

If you are eligible for extension, from 31 March you must go on Studenti Online and select the extraordinary session. The dates of the session for most degree programmes are the following:

  • Deadline for application: 10 April, late enrolment to the session not permitted
  • Admission requirements deadline: 22 April
  • Deadline for uploading the paper: 11 May
  • Deadline for supervisor’s approval of the paper: 18 May

The graduation session (if scheduled) will be held from 25 to 29 May

Final Examination

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.

Evaluation

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

Deadlines

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 (Extra Session Academic Year 2018/19)

Graduation session

Deadline for Graduation Application

Deadline for Late graduation application

Deadline for Requirement fulfillment

Dissertation upload

Deadline for Dissertation approval by the supervisor

Dissertation defense

IV (extra session)

10/04/2020

NOT PERMITTED

22/04/2020

11/05/2020

18/05/2020

From May 25th to May 29th 2020

ATTENTION: for this session the deadline for requirement fulfillment and the deadline for dissertation upload are different.

FINAL EXAMINATION DATES (Academic Year 2019/20)

Graduation session

Deadline for Graduation Application

Deadline for Late graduation application

Deadline for Requirement fulfillment (with dissertation upload)

Deadline for Dissertation approval by the supervisor

Dissertation defense

I

11/05/2020 08/06/2020 15/06/2020 22/06/2020 From July 6th to July 10th 2020

II

14/09/2020 12/10/2020 19/10/2020 26/10/2020 From November 9th to November  13th 2020

III

13/01/2021 08/02/2021 15/02/2021 22/02/2021 From March 8th to March 12th 2021

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.