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Thesis and final defense

What is it?

The final examination requires writing an original dissertation to be presented and discussed in front of an ad hoc Graduation Committee, composed by at least seven faculty members nominated by the Final Examination Committee. The Thesis is elaborated by the student under the supervision of a faculty member on a topic agreed with the supervisor. The preparation of the thesis can be part of an internship or can be carried out during a period of study abroad, within international agreements with other universities. See Interships for more details.

The final assessment of the candidate is based upon the following elements: originality of the results, mastering of the subject, mathematical rigour of the thesis and of the presentation, independence shown in carrying out the research, ability of speaking in public and of setting the topic within the appropriate literature. 
The Final Examination Committee also nominates an additional faculty member to act as Referee. The Referee prepares a report on the final version of the thesis, which is sent to the Graduation Committee and taken into account for the final evaluation. 

Since a.y. 2021/22 to present the experimental thesis project student must have acquired at least 40 credits including Advanced Cell Biology and Biotechnology.

Graduation dates


Look at the tab Thesis submission deadlines for further details on how to submit the thesis.

Thesis Preparation

Thesis Topics

Request to carry out activities related to the thesis project in presence during the Covid emergency.

Instructions for Master Thesis


Thesis defense

On the day of the final examination, the student, supported by a slide presentation, illustrates and defends the thesis orally in front of the Graduation Committee. The Committee's questions are usually postponed to the end of the presentation. The time allocated to each candidate's presentation is 20 minutes, so the candidate should calibrate the presentation accordingly, to avoid the risk of being stopped before the end*. 

* A good rule of thumb is between 1 min and 1 min 30 secs per slide, which makes it roughly 15-20 slides for 20 minutes. 

Final grade mark

See Didactic Regulation.

How to submit the application

The student needs to log into her/his MyUnito account with the student credentials and follow the instructions to submit the application. Step by step instructions for the online submission are available on the pages of Unito Portal .

ATTENTION: the title of the thesis on the degree application procedure must also be entered in Italian!

See tab Thesis submission deadlines for further details.


Students who have already applied for the thesis session and intend to renounce are obliged to submit a written waiver to the Student Service Office with one as either of the following ways:

  • by contacting the Help Desk
  • by sending a fax to the number 011/6704693, including the waiver and a copy of the student's id card
  • by contacting directly the Students Office.

Please note that students who renounced a thesis session are not automatically enrolled into the next one. It is then mandatory to apply again for the chosen session. The payment, however, is not due again.

 * Both the online procedure and the instructions are for the moment in Italian; we are trying to obtain English versions of these.

visit the page to check the administrative deadlines of the degree sessions 

For more information or help with the procedures above, please enquire to the Final Examination Committee writing to

Last update: 15/10/2021 16:50
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