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Final project

What is

The undergraduate examination consists of the discussion of a thesis, before a committee, prepared under the guidance of a thesis advisor and a co-rapporteur.

The thesis may be of the following character:

  • experimental
  • theoretical-systematic
  • historical-philosophical
  • may deal with your internship experience

You may choose as a speaker any faculty member of the University who teaches a discipline belonging to a scientific-disciplinary field in which you have taken at least one exam. In case the lecturer does not belong to the degree course, the co-rapporteur will necessarily have to be one.

You may write the paper:

  • in Italian
  • in another language of the European Union (English, French, German, Spanish), if your supervisor and co-rapporteur agree

To be admitted to the final examination, you must have passed the examinations of all the subjects included in your study plan and obtained the credits related to the other educational activities required by the regulations.

What to do to graduate

If you are an undergraduate you must:

The Departments of the Humanities Area of the School of Humanities provide 7 appeals, distributed as follows:
June - July - October - November - December - February - March


The first useful session to be able to graduate in the last academic year of enrollment is June. The last useful session is in March of the following year.

If you are an undergraduate student, you must submit the thesis title filing form with six months in advance of your chosen session for discussion.

The title entered on the form is considered provisional; the final title will be the one entered on the degree application. If you have to change the title substantially, for example, if you change the thesis topic or the thesis advisor and/or co-rapporteur, you will have to file the form again, with possible re-filing of the terms.

The form, duly completed and also signed by the thesis advisor, should be sent to email

To register for the graduation exam, about 2 months before the session, the service for filling out the online graduation application opens.

The graduation application is filled out online from Student Portal (UnigePass authentication is required), at the same time as filling out the AlmaLaurea questionnaire.

The graduation application approved online by the Lecturer NOT must be delivered to the Student Desk, as well as it is not necessary to hand over the receipt of completion of the AlmaLaurea questionnaire.

By the graduation application deadline, remember to:


Non-registration of exams and other educational activities does not prevent the online completion and confirmation of the degree application.

You can make the payment of the graduation stamp only after confirming the online graduation application.

In order to graduate, however, you will have to check that everything is registered online.

You can check your status by accessing the Graduation Dashboard.

By the deadlines indicated in the table with deadlines, you must deliver to your Rapporteur and Correlator a copy of the paper, in the manner agreed upon directly with the lecturers (delivery of a bound copy or transmission by e-mail or other service such as Wetransfer).

You must also upload the pdf file of the thesis to the dedicated portal and include the abstract in Italian and English. The guide to uploading the thesis is available in the portal.

By the deadline for submitting your dissertation you must verify that you have returned any library materials you may have borrowed from the libraries.
. To do this, log in to your Online Services portal > Webstudents

The compilation of the questionnaires of the evaluation of teaching is an important tool to bring out any critical issues and weaknesses of the courses of study.

If you are a regularly enrolled student, you can fill out the annual evaluation questionnaire of your course of study at the end of each academic year.

N.B. The annual evaluation is not available for students enrolled out of course.

You can apply for graduation only after you have completed the annual teaching evaluation questionnaire (unless the deadline has passed: then there is no block).

Technical Directions.


To format your dissertation remember that:

  • texts must be written using Times New Roman font
  • .
  • the font body should be 12 point (notes go in body 10)
  • .
  • the size of the left-right and top-bottom margins must be 2.5 cm
  • the line spacing must be 2 points (1.5 cm)
  • printing must be double-sided
  • the overall length of the text must be a minimum of 100,000 and a maximum of 300,000 characters, including spaces


There are many methods of citation and you will have to agree with your lecturer on which method to follow. Just remember to use the same method for the entire bibliography.

  • Surname and Name of author(s) (in full; if there are two or three authors, the names should be separated by a comma)
  • Surname and Name of the curator(s) followed by "(edited by)." In case of more than two editors, the first one may be cited followed by the formula et al.

Surname First Name, (YEAR) Title and Subtitle of the work, City: Publishing House.


  • Dummett Michael (2006) Thought and Reality, Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Segre Cesare and Ossola Carlo (eds.) 2001 Anthology of Italian Poetry.
    . Vol. V: Seicento, Turin: Einaudi

Surname Name, (YEAR), "Title and Subtitle" in Name of Journal, volume number, issue: pages

. Karlsson Mikael (1995) "Defeating the Inference from General to Particular Norms" in Ratio Juris 8/3: 271-286

Surname First Name, (YEAR) "Title and Subtitle" in Name and Surname of Curator/1 Volume title: pp. [contribution pages], city, edition.

. Kuhlmann, Meinard (2011) "Mechanisms in Dynamically Complex Systems," in P. McKay Illari, F. Russo, & J. Williamson (Eds.), Causality in the Sciences, Oxford: Oxford University Press

A useful way to help easily find the text cited in the bibliography is to cite it in a footnote or in the body of the paper.

For example:

  • See Karsson (1995)
  • .
  • Karslsson (1995) argues that...
  • .
  • As Karlsson (1995: 24-5)
  • argues.

  • Anon. Anonymous
  • art.article (for articles of Law)
  • .
  • cap.chapter (plural: chap.)
  •, see also, refer to
  • previously cited (if of the author(s) other works are cited)
  • edition edition
  • fig. figure (plural: figg)
  • infra. see below
  • supra see above
  • .
  • loc. cit. place cited
  • MS manuscript (plural: MSS)
  • N.B.note well
  • series
  • .
  • n. number (plural: nn.)
  • op. cit. previously cited work
  • passim here and there (when not referring to a specific place in the text)
  • p. page (plural: pp.)
  • par. paragraph (plural: parr.); also: §
  • r recto
  • s.d. undated (of edition)
  • .
  • s.l. without place (of edition)
  • following sec.
  • .
  • seg. section
  • sic so (written so by the very author being quoted)
  • NdA author's note [usually in square brackets]
  • NdT translator's note [usually in square brackets]
  • NdC editor's note [usually in square brackets]
  • NdR editor's note
  • .
  • tab. table
  • .
  • tav.table
  • trad.translation (also: tr.)
  • v verse
  • .
  • vol.volume (plural: vol.)

The quotes are spelled:

  • in a smaller body (10 pt)
  • .
  • with an indentation from the normal margins of the text
  • in single line spacing

[...] ellipsis reporting
should be used to define an omission or cut


"..." double high quotes
should be used to signal:

  • the use of direct speech
  • a quotation within the text

'...' single high quotes
should be used in place of double quotation marks when in text that is already enclosed in double quotation marks

[ ] square brackets
are to be used to signal within non-original (i.e. quoted) text any intrusion by you

should be used when foreign (as opposed to Italian) or Latin/Greek terms appear in the text.

Web Sources.

The thesis may contain a synography.


In the thesis, citations from the web may be of various kinds:

Electronic presentation

If you want to use an electronic presentation during the discussion, you can test it 30 minutes before the start of the graduation session by making arrangements with the technical support of the Chair.

To schedule an appointment call the Technical Office at 010 209 51485 on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 2 to 3 p.m.

Photographic/audiovisual filming

Read the Regulation of the accreditation procedure for conducting photographic and/or audiovisual filming activities within university buildings.


The vote must take into consideration:

  • your curricular background
  • the result of the test discussion

To the weighted average of the grades obtained during your course of study, expressed in hundredths, are added:

  • 1 point if you have participated in an international mobility program during which you have successfully taken examinations for at least 12 CFU for a period of study equal to one semester and at least 18 CFU for a period of study equal to two consecutive semesters
  • up to 6 points for the quality of the final paper (quality of the final paper; ability to present and discuss the paper, responding to questions formulated by the committee)

When the score reaches (or exceeds) 110, the committee unanimously may award the lode upon the proposal of the rapporteur.

N.B. You can graduate only if you scored no less than 66 out of 110.

Withdrawal of graduation scroll

Collection of Degree, Master's, Doctoral and Postgraduate scrolls for all schools takes place at the "UniGe World" spaces in Via Balbi 40-42 red - ground floor (opposite Via Balbi 5).

Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. only by appointment, booking on the specific page for the delivery of parchments.

Delegates must submit a hard copy of the delegation signed and photocopy of the delegate's ID.