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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. See below the tab Referee and Graduation Committee for further details. The Thesis is elaborated by the student under the supervision of a faculty member, written in English 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. See below the tab Referee and Graduation Committee for further details.


Graduation dates

The cohort enrolled in the a.y. 2015/16 can obtain the degree within the regular duration of the Program in one on the following dates:

  • Dec 20, 2017
  • Apr 11, 2018

The cohort enrolled in the a.y. 2016/17 can obtain the degree within the regular duration of the Program in one on the following dates:

  • Jul 17, 2018
  • Oct 17, 2018
  • Dec 19, 2018
  • Apr 9, 2019

See below the tab Thesis submission deadlines for further details on how to submit the thesis.


Thesis supervisor

The student is expected to contact privately the potential thesis supervisor in order to discuss her/his availability and to agree on a topic for the thesis. The thesis supervisor can be any full time faculty of the University of Torino whose Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD, indicated on each personal CampusNet pages, such as these) coincides with the SSD of one of the courses offered in the Program (namely, MAT/05, MAT/06, INF/01, SECS-S/01, SECS-S/06, SECS-P/01, SECS-P/05). Additional thesis advisors involved in the preparation of the thesis or advisors failing the above conditions can only act as co-supervisors. These include, e.g., other Unito faculties of any SSDs, non academic experts, faculties of foreign institutions for thesis conducted abroad, etc. Note that only the thesis supervisor is formally required for the submission of the thesis, additional advisors being optional.



The Final Examination Committee nominates one additional SDS faculty member to act as Referee. To this end the candidate, in agreement with the thesis supervisor, proposes a pool of three faculty members through the Thesis Referee request form. See tab Administrative procedures for further details. The proposed names should typically be instructors of one of the courses offered in the SDS Program, but one or two experts among the broader faculty can be suggested if deemed appropriate. 

The candidate must send the final version of the thesis to the Referee not later than 10 days before the public discussion. If the Referee is not a member of the Graduation Committee, she/he prepares a report on the final version of the thesis, which is taken into account by the Graduation Committee for the final assessment of the candidate. The Referee must send her/his report to the Chair of the Graduation Committee by e-mail in PDF format not later than 48 hours before the final examination. The report should contain a clear indication of weaknesses and strenghts of the thesis, an evaluation of the candidate's mastering of the subject, the indication of whether there are new results compared with the existing literature and a recommendation for the final assessment (e.g., excellent, very good, good, sufficient, insufficient).


Graduation Committee

The Final Examination Committee nominates the Graduation Committee, composed by not less than 7 members, which must include at least 3 SDS Faculties, and typically includes the theses supervisors and, if applicable, the referees. The Final Examination Committee nominates two additional members who act as substitutes if needed. The members unable to participate to the final exam should communicate their absence to the Chair, at least 48 hours before the graduation date, except for unforeseen reasons. To ensure the beginning of the public discussion on time, the two substitutes must be present at the opening of the final examination.

One co-supervisor is typically invited to join the Graduation Committee, along with the supervisor, if a full time faculty of the University of Torino, otherwise one co-supervisor is typically invited to participate to the final examination and to give their recommendation (behind closed doors) to help the Graduation Committee formulate the final assessment of the candidate. 


Thesis typesetting

It is highly recommended to use LaTex to typeset the thesis. The suggested template is available for download here.


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*. To typeset the slide presentation, we suggest using Latex with the Beamer class (a template example can be downloaded here).

The presentation must be sent, in pdf format, to the address not later than h12.00 of the day preceding the final examination. On the defense day, the candidate will find the presentation already uploaded and ready to be used, but the candidate should also bring a memory stick with an electronic copy, in case a last minute replacement is needed. It is also recommended to hand out to the Committee printed copies of the presentation (no specific format required). 

* 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

The final graduation mark (in 110ths) will take into account both the student's study career and the final discussion of the thesis. The starting value of the final graduation mark is obtained by summing the weighted average of the exam's evaluations (converted in 110ths) and 0.05 for every credit (CFU) obtained cum laude (e.g., a 6 credits exam will grant additional 0.3 points). The Graduation Committee can additionally assign a maximum of 8 points for the discussion. If the quality of the work is considered excellent, with a unanimous vote of the Graduation Committee, the maximum is increased to 10 points. The student who has achieved a score of 110/110, can be awarded the summa cum laude.


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 submission are available here*. See tab  Thesis submission deadlines  for further details.

Please note that in order to be admitted to the Final Defense, the student must obtain the clearance (nulla osta) from the library of the Dept of Mathematics (Via Carlo Alberto 10, Torino) that certifies that no book loan is still pending. This should be done not later than a week before the defense date.


Thesis Referee request

The Final Examination Committee nominates an additional faculty member to act as Referee. The candidate agrees, with her/his supervisor, upon three faculty members to be suggested to the Final Examination Committee by filling the Thesis Referee request form, where this paper version of the request, signed by the supervisor, is also to be uploaded. See tab  Thesis submission deadlines. In addition, please also send the signed paper version of the request to Once you receive confirmation of the chosen Referee by email communication from the Final Examination Committee, please remember to insert the Referee's name in the online application.

How to pay the graduation fees

The payment of the Graduation Fees must be done by using a MAV form, available at the Students Office. Additional details are available here

Please note that five working days must pass before checking that the light next to the "Graduation Fees entry"  is switched from red to green color on the page MyUnito. Then the student can go on with the submission of the application. In order to avoid unnecessary delays, it is strongly suggested to make the payment of the Graduation Fees not too close to the administrative deadlines, since the system needs a a few days to register the payment. 

How to submit a pdf version of the thesis

An electronic copy (pdf file) of the thesis must be uploaded not later than 10 days before the final defense date. Step by step instructions for the submission are available here*. After the submission, the student must send the electronic copy (pdf file) of the thesis to the referee indicated by his/her supervisor.

Paper copies of the thesis

In addition, the student is required to make two paper copies of the thesis and to bring them the day of the final defense. One of them has to be handed to the supervisor. 



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

  • 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.



Deadlines for Thesis

Referee request

Candidates, Supervisors

and Referees

Dates for submission

of the online application

Defense dates

Final Examination Committee

02/11/2017 download  from 26/10/2017 to 06/11/2017






 from 12/02/2018 to 23/02/2018







 from 1/6/2018 to 11/6/2018*







 from 1/9/2018 to 11/9/2018*







 from 29/10/2018 to 6/11/2018







 from 11/2/2019 to 22/2/2019






* In order to apply for the summer and fall defense sessions, the students must have the last exam registered not later than ten days before the thesis defence date. This requirement is more stringent for students who are not in due course, that is they exceeded the regular duration of the program, in which case the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Students that will defend the thesis in October, December or April are not requested to pay the first instalment of the following academic year's fees. For further details, please contact the Academic Office.


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


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