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Final examination: modalities

The final examination consists in writing a dissertation 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

General University rules

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the final examination

Graduation application

The application is to be submitted on Studenti Online and once presented is valid for the whole academic year. When submitting the application, you’ll need to select the date among those available. The application can be submitted according to the deadline set even if you haven’t completed all the exams in your study plan. Graduation applications require the payment of €32.00 in stamp duty (imposta di bollo).

Online application refers to one specific period. If the student fails to set the final examination within the session (academic year) for which he/she has applied, he/she will have to repeat the online application. There won’t be the whole graduation fee to be paid, since it has been already paid for the previous session, however the duty stamp value of €16,00 will be charged.

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;
  • 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.


One graduation session is scheduled each year. The session includes a number of dates, each with their deadlines for the submission of the graduation application, requirements and dates.

After the deadline, a late application is still possible by paying a € 100 fee(*):


Deadline for applying on Studenti Online

Late deadline for applying on Studenti Online (*)

Deadline for possession of requisites

Thesis upload (pdf format)

Thesis approval

July 20, 2020 from April 15, 2020 to May 15, 2020 from May 16, 2020 to June 22, 2020 July 3, 2020 July 13, 2020

July 15, 2020

October 12, 2020 from August 15, 2020 to September 15, 2020 not allowed September 22, 2020 October 6, 2020

October 8, 2020

December 2, 2020 from September 16, 2020 to October 15, 2020 November 13, 2020 November 26, 2020

November 30, 2020

February 3, 2021 from December 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021 not allowed January 18, 2021 January 27, 2020

January 29, 2021

March 15, 2021 from January 16, 2021 to February 15, 2021 February 25, 2021 March 9, 2021

March 11, 2021

Repeating a graduation application

On-line application to take the final exam refers to one specific session, so that should a student fail to graduate at the session chosen, he/she must ask the Student Administration Office to annul the application and present it again online for the next session within the deadline.

If this falls in the same period and the student has already paid the graduation fee, there will be no further charges.

There will of course be the duty stamp of 16,00 Euros to pay.

How to upload your final thesis on Studenti Online and how to publish it on the institutional repository

Students need to upload the final thesis in pdf format on Studenti Online within three days before the date set for the final examination. The thesis content needs to be agreed upon with the Supervisor in advance.

Only for students graduating in Master’s programmes: if agreed with the Supervisor, students can publish the digital format of the final thesis on the institutional repository of the University of Bologna: Alma DL AMS-Tesi online (see instructions on the attachments box)

Please note: It is forbidden to use the University of Bologna logo anywhere on the thesis.