Graduation dissertation / Final examination

At the end of the programme, students are required to undertake a six-month internship in which they carry out supervised autonomous work on an original experimental research project; at the end they must illustrate their findings in a final detailed report (dissertation) and a presentation followed by a discussion before an examination board.  

The internship may be carried out in a research group within the University of Parma, or in external companies and other research institutions, both in Italy or abroad.

The final exam and dissertation is a test to verify the knowledge and understanding gained by the students during their education and training, including their skills in problem-solving, interdisciplinary reasoning, and in recording and interpreting the phenomena they observe based on the knowledge they have acquired.

The results of such activities will be reported in a dissertation which can even be submitted in English.

Internship and final examination in datail

Internship

To apply for the internship, the students must possess at least 50 credits of the Master’s Degree programme and there are three starting dates in the Academic Year:  1st January – 1st March – 1st September

The internship may be carried out in a research group within the University of Parma or in external companies/research structures, either in Italy or abroad.

The eligible topics offered by the departmental research groups are published on the Elly platform (https://elly.scvsa.unipr.it/) or can be asked for to the Teaching Board.

Once selected the topic, the student must contact the research group leader to arrange the details of the internship (timing and content of the project).

Before applying, please get in touch in due time (at least one month before the starting date) with the departmental Student Secretary Office (paola.pedretti@unipr.it) to get instructed on how to proceed.

 

Final examination

A prerequisite for the final examination is that the students must have obtained all the credits needed for the degree except those associated with the final exam, i.e. 115 credits.

If this criterion is fulfilled, one month before the final exam, the students must submit the application form for the final examination containing the title of the thesis and the name of the supervisors.

The thesis must contain the results of the internship activities and, on request to the Teaching Board, can also be submitted in English.

At least 10 days before the exam, the students must deposit a CD containing the thesis as a pdf file with the Science Student Office and as a pdf file via e-mail to the departmental Student Secretary Office (paola.pedretti@unipr.it). The front cover of the CD case must report the thesis title and the names, with signatures, of the candidate and of the supervisors.

Approximately one week before the final examination, the student must present his work in a seminar before the teaching board. This seminar will constitute a test to verify the knowledge and understanding acquired during their education and training, including their skills in problem-solving, interdisciplinary reasoning and in recording and interpret the phenomena they observe with the knowledge they possess.

The final examination is in fact a ceremony in which the students present their internship work in the presence of a general public and they will be awarded with the Master’s degree title and a grade, mainly based on the overall performance in the exams and in the final seminar.

More details can be found in the Italian site (https://cdlm-chim.unipr.it/it/laurearsi/tesi-di-laurea-prova-finale) or by asking the Secretary (paola.pedretti@unipr.it).