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Final exam: dates and instructions

The final exam and the defence of your thesis

The final exam consists of 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 session in front of a Committee.
During the dissertation discussion, you may use a presentation and the Committee may ask you in-depth questions on methods, results or any developments of your work.

Graduation application

To submit your application online, you should access Studenti Online before the deadlines set for the application submission and for the requirements.

Deadlines for A.Y. 2020/2021



Deadline for submission of the application and payment of the fee (without fine)

Deadline for the submission of the application and payment of the fee (with fine)

Deadline for uploading thesis, keywords and abstract

Deadline for the approval of the thesis by the professor


5 July 2021

15 May 2021

10 June 2021

15 June 2021

20 June 2021


2 November 2021

15 September 2021

5 October 2021

12 October 2021

17 October 2021


7 February 2022

8 January 2022

17 January 2022

23 January 2022

26 January 2022

Instructions for the oral presentation

  • The presentation should be divided into the following sections:
    • conceptual or theoretical framework, previous studies/findings;
    • aim and objectives of your thesis;
    • study design, measures, type of participants and organisations, statistical analyses;
    • results;
    • discussion and implications.
  • Prepare and rehearse the speech beforehand to feel confident and not to violate the time limit (20 minutes including Q&A).
  • Speak slowly, clearly and loudly.
  • Do not spend too much time in the theoretical introduction, ensure the proper time to show the main findings and implications of your study.
  • Use bullet points to summarise key points.
  • Avoid cluttering the slides as it may look messy and unclear. Avoid putting too much text on a slide.
  • Do not use videos or distracting animations.
  • Avoid reading from the visual aid.
  • The audience should not be trying to read and listen at the same time - use visual aids to highlight your points.
  • Text and background colours should increase readability (dark text on white background).
  • The minimum font size should be 24 points for the main text. It can be lower for references or statistical values.
  • Research hypotheses are statements, not questions. If necessary, distinguish between H1a and H1b if they are two facets of the same hypothesis.
  • Make sure you show the values of statistical tests (e.g., F, t, r), p-value or confidence intervals, and effect size.
  • Images can be helpful to describe the work setting, the procedure of the study or the use of any technology or equipment related to the research.
  • Include references in brackets following APA format (Author, Year).
  • Do not close your presentation with limitations of your work but with future developments or with practical or theoretical implications.
  • Do not insert a slide with all the references at the end.
  • Do not insert a slide "Thank you for your attention".
  • Do not insert the UNIBO logo on the presentation.