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Information on writing a dissertation

Choosing the subject and the rules on preparing the dissertation for the final examination.

Basic features of the final thesis

How to choose a subject

Choosing your supervisor

Styling and formatting your thesis

Admission Grade

Basic features of the final thesis

In order to achieve CLAMDA-IM final degree students have to acquire 120 credits and to defend their final dissertation.

The final examination at CLAMDA-IM (in your course plan the Final Examination is worth 15 credits) consists of the defense of a thesis/dissertation in front a Committee (composed by professors of the School of Economics, management and Statistics). The dissertation is prepared under the guidance of a supervisor (relatore) and based on an individual piece of research or on an internship experience.

All the activities concerning the preparation of the final thesis abroad can now be inserted in the study plan. These credits can be registered dividing the credits related to the final thesis in two parts. There are 1​5 credits for the final thesis. In case you prepare the final thesis abroad 12 CFU will be assigned to the activities for the preparation of the thesis, while the other 3 CFU to final dissertation. Therefore, if you decide to prepare your thesis abroad through the specific call or in Erasmus, please contact the Internationalization and International Guidance Services ​Office  at the School.

In case you base your dissertation on an intership experience, you need to contact the Internship Office of the School. Your Internship for the preparation of the final thesis can be inserted in ​your study plan. These credits can be registered dividing the credits related to the final thesis in two parts. There are 1​5 credits for the final thesis. In case you prepare the final thesis durign your internship, 12 CFU will be assigned to ​the intership (up to 300 hours), while 3 CFU to final dissertation.

The master thesis is an individual piece of research on a topic approved by the supervisor. The assignment is an opportunity for students to deeply explore an area of International Management, to summarize the main theories and models, and to discuss their applicability. The essential requirement of a master thesis is that it literally demonstrates that students have fully understood the state of the art in health economics and management.

The objective of the thesis is to show that the student is able to perform scientific research individually and to report the study and its conclusions in a clear way. It likewise serves as a practice for those intending to pursue doctoral studies after their successful completion of the program. 

How to choose a subject 

The student may choose to major in a teaching activity belonging to his/her course plan (piano di studi in Italian) both from the first or second year.

If a student attended the second year abroad (Erasmus/Overseas), he/she can decide to graduate in a subject of the second year anyway. In this case, the student must talk to the professor of the course and ask his/her availability to supervise the thesis.

The objective of the thesis is to show that the student is able to perform scientific research individually and to report the study and its conclusions in a clear way. It likewise serves as a practice for those intending to pursue doctoral studies after their successful completion of the program.

Choosing your supervisor

Students are strongly suggested to begin asking the availability and interest of a professor to be their supervisor (relatore) as soon as possible and according to the internship experience and/or to the topic chosen for the dissertation.

IMPORTANT: Only full professors, associate professors, assistant professors (researchers) and contract professors holding a teaching activity within the School can be supervisor.

discussant (co-supervisor) must be proposed by the supervisor according the relevance of the thesis and it is necessary when the supervisor requests the honors. The controrelatore is then assigned by the Director of the program who can confirm the professor suggested or assign another professor. A discussant is a professor chosen according to the rules explained below with the aim of providing a further independent and detailed evaluation of the thesis, possibly taking part to the final defense to challenge the graduating student with specific questions.

Presence of a controrelatore provides the student with the opportunity (and not the guarantee!) to achieve extra points for the final grade (see the grading section). As explained below, the controrelatore is not asked/chosen by the students, the request must be made by the supervisor based on her/his own evaluation of the thesis work. The controrelatore is then assigned by the Director of the program who can confirm the professor suggested or assign another professor. All Professors and researchers can be lecturer (controrelatore). The controrelatore is required only in the case of a thesis with a particular relevance or interest for the supervisor. It is necessary when the supervisor requests the honors (laurea con lode) – only if the candidate has an average grade inferior to 108/110. The controrelatore can add a maximum of 3 points.

Styling and formatting your thesis

The length of the thesis should be between 60-120 pages including notes, tables and attachments. The thesis must follow these criteria:

  • Interlinea/line space: 1 or 1,5;
  • Times or similar font: 12;
  • Margin: 2-2-2-2;
  • Cardboard cover: lightweight, light colored, not bright, figures and boards format UNI (A4, A3);
  • For the title-page, frontespizio. The use of the Unibo logo is NOT allowed in the cover.

Accurate referencing and bibliography is an important element of the thesis. Students should adopt a standard citation system and bibliography format. Please note that besides these general guidelines, students will refer to each professor in order to use the appropriate referencing style of his/her department.

The university takes plagiarism very seriously and has legal implications: concepts and statements taken from the literature should be appropriately reworded and referenced. 

To avoid plagiarism all material, whether directly quoted, MUST be acknowledged correctly.

Admission Grade

The admission grade averages the exams grades and converts it into the 66-110 scale.

IMPORTANT: Courses and activities providing an assessment on a pass/fail basis (idoneità in Italian) such as laboratories, seminars or internships do not contribute to the admission grade. 15 ECTS are granted for the thesis.

For every exam that the student passed with honors (lode) a 0.33 points are added to Admission Grade. The value resulting from previous calculations is rounded up to the nearest integer value.

The student admission grades will be published by the Ufficio di Presidenza within a few days before the graduation date both on the internet and on the notice-board (bacheca). Students can contact the Registrar’s Office (Segreteria studenti) if they wish to check their average in advance. 

The defense 

The final examination consists in the defense of the master thesis in front of a Committee composed by professors of the School of Economics, Management and Statistics. The commission can grant a maximum of 5 points to the dissertation which are added to student’s admission grade.

Extra points will be given to those students who graduate on time (see below).

  • I and II Sessions: 2 points
  • III Session: 1 point

To earn more than 5 points and if the thesis deserves a special attention the supervisor can ask for a controrelatore. In this case the up to 3 extra points can be granted by the defense Committee. The assignment of a controrelatore is also necessary when the supervisor plans to request the honors (lode) and the candidate has an admission grade below 108/110. To award 110/110 with honors (110 e lode), the Committee must approve unanimously.

The Graduation Committee, the list of graduating students and the exact dates will be published by the Ufficio di Presidenza about two weeks before the dissertation and will be available in StudentiOnline.