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Second-year activities: mobility, work-in-progress and final graduation thesis

Second-year activities: moblity, work-in-progress and final graduation thesis

In order to obtain the MIREES master’s degree, students shall acquire 120 credits: 67 credits during the first year, 32 credits during the second year, 21 credits for the master’s thesis.

Deposit of the provisional thesis title

Within the month of December, during the mobility period, students are expected to deposit the provisional thesis title and choose a supervisor among a list of professors that will be published on-line. Any subsequent changes to the provisional title/topic shall be approved by the supervisor and communicated to the Mirees Secretariat.

Thesis reseach activity

Students must spend the first term of the second year at a Partner University of the Consortium and obtain the foreseen credits, while researching and selecting materials and documents, and conducting all other research activities related to their thesis.


During the second year at the end of their mobility period, students are expected to attend a work in progress meeting at the partner Universities in order to present both contents (one chapter of the thesis) and methodological aspects of their thesis work, by focusing on objectives, research sources, thesis structure, what has been already carried out, what needs to be developed and following steps, bibliography (see Theis proposal form in attachment). Students will have 15-20 minutes each for presenting their research work aimed at developing their graduation thesis. After the individual presentation, the discussion with the members of the commission will be opened. The commission is invited to make questions regarding the thesis structure, research sources etc. and provide useful input to improve the research project.

Dates of the work in progress, edition 2019/2020 (see the WIP calendar in attachment)

The attendance to the work-in-progress is compulsory. Failure to participate will imply a deduction of 1 point in the graduation mark.

Graduation session

Two graduation sessions are scheduled: a standard session in September and a supplementary session in March. The latter is reserved to students who either fail the September session or cannot meet this session due to special circumstances. In the latter case, on the basis of the motivations given by the student, the Academic Board may request official documentation attesting to the special circumstances .

Students who do not graduate within the March session, shall pay another year of tuition fees and graduate in the following September session. 

Students shall choose their Supervisors from the professors of the Programme in order to receive support and guidance in developing their thesis work.  Second readers are assigned by the Mirees Board. 

Thesis defence

The composition of the Commissions, composed of at least 3 members, is published on the website (see "Attachments"). The thesis defence will be structured as follows:

  • 20 minutes for the student presentation
  • 20-30 minutes for the discussion with the commission.
  • 10 minutes for the commission members to accomplish bureaucratic duties.

The language of the thesis defence shall be English. 

The final graduation mark is calculated from the weighted average of individual grades obtained by the student during the master’s programme, that can be integrated up to 6 points in the final examination. The final grading system is based on a maximum of 110 points, with 66/110 as the pass grade. In case of full marks (110/110), the Commission may unanimously decide to award a distinction.

The final mark will not be communicated after the thesis defence, but during the graduation ceremony.

Right of publication

During the graduation ceremony, the Commission will announce the theses proposed for publication, which are selected by taking into account the quality and originality of the thesis research work.

Selected students are invited to improve their thesis on the basis of suggestions from their supervisor and the second reader. The theses will be then evaluated by a third reviewer and in case of a positive assessment they are awarded the right to be published.