Information about graduation
The “laurea” (graduation) exam
As a preparation to the final exam the student will start, choosing the most appropriate methods and techniques, his (her) own independent project of scientific research and of critical assessment of an advanced topic, so upgrading his/her knowledge of that field as well as the skills acquired during the LM course.
The final exam of the LM (“laurea”, i.e. graduation exam) course consists in a public presentation and discussion of a thesis aimed at proving the candidate’s acquired capabilities of understanding problems and issues in research and of developing original solutions; the research may be also done within a training stage at other institutions or firms and working on a topic suggested by one or more teachers.
The selection of the thesis topic and the writing of the thesis will be performed in collaboration with and under the supervision of an advisor chosen by the student: the name of the advisor and the title of the thesis (that has to briefly summarize the topic the thesis deals with) have to be approved, at least one month before the thesis discussion, by the Consiglio del Corso di Studi (CCS). Within the same deadline the Consiglio di Corso di Laurea, on request by the supervisor, has to nominate a referee.
The thesis shall be the record of an experimental or theoretical scientific research activity, carried on independently by the student and featuring an original or innovative approach to the topic, compatible with the educational objective of the Master Degree in Physics.
The thesis may be written in English, when authorized by the CCS. In such case an abstract in Italian is needed.
From the students matriculated in the academic year 2011-2012 onwards, the thesis must be written and presented in English (abstract in Italian is needed).
The procedures that have to be followed to apply for graduation may be also found in the following document: Guida alla presentazione della domanda di Laurea (only in Italian).
Deadline of the request for graduation
Graduation Sessions A.Y. 2015/2016
- Giovedì 21 Luglio 2016, dalle ore 8.30 presso il Polo Scientifico-Tecnologico, Via Saragat, 1.
- Venerd' 16 Settembre 2016, dalle ore 8.30 presso il Polo Scientifico-Tecnologico, Via Saragat, 1.
- Venerdì 30 Settembre 2016, dalle ore 8.30 presso il Polo Scientifico-Tecnologico, Via Saragat, 1.
- Mercoledì 14 Dicembre 2016, dalle ore 8.30 presso il Polo Scientifico-Tecnologico, Via Saragat, 1.
- Giovedì 23 Marzo 2017, dalle ore 8.30 presso il Polo Scientifico-Tecnologico, Via Saragat, 1.
Graduation Sessions A.Y. 2016/2017
- Giovedì 20 Luglio 2017, dalle ore 8.30
- Venerdì 8 Settembre + Venerdì 29 Settembre 2017, dalle ore 8.30
- Venerdì 15 Dicembre 2017, dalle ore 8.30
- Venerdì 23 Marzo 2018, dalle ore 8.30
Application for the graduation exam
The procedures to apply for graduation may be completed entirely on-line (starting from the graduation session of July 2016) for Master’s Degree students (LM) only.
There is no need to present any printed form to the Students Secretariat Office (Segreteria Studenti).
The new procedures to apply for graduation is the following:
- Student must submit on-line application for graduation at least 30 days before the graduation session (the exact deadline can be found at (select “Physics and Earth Science Department”).
- Student must complete all the required exams and and pay the graduation fee at least 13 working days before the graduation exam (again, the exact deadline can be found at Bacheca Appelli di Laurea(select “Physics and Earth Science Department”).
- No later than seven working days before the degree exam: Student must upload final dissertation (Tesi di Laurea) in electronic format (PDF)
No later than five working days before the degree exam: the student’s advisor must approve the final version of the dissertation (please note: the version approved by the advisor is the final one and will be uploaded in the student’s full educational curriculum);
The version of dissertation to upload must be final, as it will be saved in the electronic student folder containing the student’s full educational curriculum. For information and instructions, please refer to the following web page: Guida alla presentazione della domanda di Laurea (only in Italian).
Payment of university fees
The students that get the degree within the March extraordinary session do not have to pay the university fees for registration to the following academic year. For more information, please refert to the following web page.
A thesis that does not comply the following standards will not be accepted:
- At least 25 lines per page, (footnotes not included);
- A4 paper
The final exam is evaluated 45 credits, and consists in the public discussion of the thesis.
The examination committee evaluates the scientific maturity of the candidate on the basis of the results obtained and presented in the thesis, and of the curriculum of studies. The mark is in fractions of 110, with the possibility in outstanding cases of a “cum laude” mark. The numeric value of the mark is computed by adding to the weighted mean of the votes in the exams a grade, max. 8 points, for the thesis work, with the numeric result capped at 110. The addition “cum laude” can only assigned by unanimous decision of the Commission when the exams weighted average is higher than 103.
The student can be admitted to the final exam only after having attained the number of credits fixed by the “Course Regolament”, credits that have to be properly distributed among the different scientific disciplinary areas as indicated in the “School regulations and Program”.
FINAL ASSESSMENT: RESEARCH PROJECT and DISSERTATION
The credits assigned for the final assessment (45 cfu) are divided between two separate activities:
- FINAL ASSESSMENT (RESEARCH PROJECT) - 35 credits
- FINAL ASSESSMENT (DISSERTATION) - 10 credits
The credits for the research project may be assigned based on the following situation:
- Research project carried out abroad (through the Erasmus program or other agreement for education abroad): the Students Secretariat Office (Segreteria Studenti) will take care of the transcripts, after due validation by the competent educational structure.
- For students who need to certify that they meet the minimum number of credits required to maintain the ER-go benefits: students should ask their advisor to record the research project before the ER-go deadlines (or, in any case, before the deadline to file the application for the final assessment)
- For students without any particular need: the Students Secretariat Office (Segreteria Studenti) will take care of the transcripts for both activities when validating the personal folder (required to obtain the degree)
FERRARA SCHOOL OF PHYSICS
The diploma of the “Ferrara School of Physics” rewards students of the master degree in Physics who have attended an international program with excellent results, demonstrating proficiency in the use of the English language in a science oriented context.
The diploma certifies the ability of the degree holder to work in an international research team. The following requirements are necessary to obtain the diploma of the Ferrara School of Physics:
- Having obtained a bachelor degree with a minimum mark of 100/110;
- Possess an average mark across exams in the master degree equal to 28/30 or larger;
- Having passed exams in the master degree for at least 30 credits in a foreign language;
- Having a knowledge of the English language at B2 level (or equivalent);
- Write the master degree dissertation in English, on topics relevant in an international context, with evaluation, review or reference letter by a foreign professor (it is also acceptable to have a foreign professor as co-advisor);
- Obtain the master degree with a maximum delay of one year.