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Thesis and final defense

Generalities

The final examination requires writing an original dissertation to be presented and discussed in front of a Graduation Committee, composed by at least seven faculty members nominated by the Final Examination Committee. The Thesis is elaborated by the student under the direction of a supervisor (see below), written in English on a topic agreed with the supervisor. The thesis can be based on the activities carried out during 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 graduation mark combines the candidate's GPA with the assessment of the thesis, based on the following elements: originality of the results, mastering of the subject, mathematical rigour of the thesis and of the presentation, independence shown in developing the thesis, ability of speaking in public and of setting the topic within the appropriate literature.

The Final Examination Committee nominates a Graduation Committee for each graduation date, composed by at least 7 members with a majority of SDS faculties, typically including the theses supervisors, together with two additional members who act as substitutes if needed. The Graduation Committee deliberates on the final graduation marks of the candidates.

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 typically belongs to the Program Faculty, but can be any full time faculty of the University of Torino whose Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD, indicated on the personal CampusNet pages) 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., Unito faculties of other 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.

Thesis preparation and defense

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

Copy shops that need to print degree thesis must fill out the online form to obtain the "Degree thesis kit" with the materials to make the covers of the theses.

On the graduation date, 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 (a good rule of thumb is 1m-1m30secs per slide, which makes it roughly 15-20 slides for 20 minutes). 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 sds-thesis@unito.it not later than h12.00 (midday) of the day before the defense date. At the defense, 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. 

The final graduation mark (in 110ths) will take into account both the student's study career and the thesis presentation and defense. The starting value of the final graduation mark is obtained by summing the weighted average of the exam grades (GPA) 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). Student achieving a starting value not below 110, are awarded the special mention.

The Graduation Committee then grants up to 6 points for the discussion. Students who graduate within the regular duration of the Program (i.e., not later than April of their third year) are automatically granted 2 additional points. 

In truly expectional cases, if the quality of the work is considered excellent, with a unanimous vote of the Graduation Committee, the Committee can grant up to 2 additional points. The student who achieves a final grade of 110/110, can be awarded the summa cum laude

Administrative procedures

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 below for the submission deadlines.

Please note that in order to be admitted to the Final defense, no book loan must be pending. To this end, the student should clear her/his position with the library of the Dept of Mathematics (Via Carlo Alberto 10, Torino) not later than six days before the defense session.

The candidate, upon submission of the online application, must send an email to sds-thesis@unito.it to inform the Final Examination Committee of his/her intention to graduate in the next available graduation session, and provide the following additional information: 
1) Name, Surname and University ID
2) Supervisor’s full name and SSD (see above)
3) Title of the thesis

When the candidate uploads the final version of the thesis (see below), he/she must also send the same version to sds-thesis@unito.it (no later than 10 days prior to graduation).

The payment of the Graduation Fees must be done by using the PagoPA system.

When the payment is done, the light next to the "Graduation Fees entry" in the student's MyUnito account switches from red to green. At that point the student can proceed with the application's submission. 

In order to avoid unnecessary delays, it is strongly recommended to make  the Graduation Fees' payment not too close to the administrative deadlines, since the system needs a few days to register it. 

An electronic copy (pdf file) of the thesis must be uploaded not later than 10 days before the defense date. Please consult the page "online thesis service" for information on this procedure. After the submission, the student must send

  1. the electronic copy (pdf file) of the thesis to sds-thesis@unito.it
  2. the receipt of the on-line uploading of the thesis to the Student Service Office by uploading it in the MyUnito personal account, the field Allegati Domanda di Laurea [Thesis submission Attachments]

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 over to the supervisor. 

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.

Dates and deadlines

Next graduation dates

  • Apr 03, 2023
  • June 15, 2023
  • July 11, 2023
  • Oct 23, 2023
  • Apr 15, 2024

See tabs for further details on submission deadlines.

JULY

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: 16/06/2023

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 22/05/2023  to 16/06/2023

Registration of the last exam:

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than ten days before the thesis defense date

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 11/07/2023

Final Examination Committee

 

OCTOBER

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: 22/09/2023

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 04/09/2023 to 22/09/2023

Deadline for the submission of the PDF copy of the thesis to sds-thesis@unito.it:  

Registration of the last exam

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than ten days before the thesis defense date

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 23/10/2023

Final Examination Committee

 

APRIL

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: : 23/02/2024

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 05/02/2024  to 23/02/2024

Registration of the last exam:

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 15/04/2024

Final Examination Committee

 

 

JULY

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it:

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 30/05/2022 to 10/06/2022

Registration of the last exam

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than ten days before the thesis defense date

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 18/07/2022

Final Examination Committee

 

OCTOBER

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it:

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 05/09/2022 to 23/09/2022

Deadline for the submission of the PDF copy of the thesis to sds-thesis@unito.it:  14/10/2022

Registration of the last exam

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than ten days before the thesis defense date

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 25/10/2022

Final Examination Committee

 

APRIL

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: : 24/02/2023

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 06/02/2023 09:00  to 24/02/2023 16:00

Registration of the last exam:

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 03/04/2023

Final Examination Committee

 

JUNE

 

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Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: : 07/04/2023

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 23/03/2023 to 07/04/2023 (16:00)

Registration of the last exam: 12 may 2023

Defense dates: 15/06/2023

Final Examination Committee

 

 

JULY

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: 14/06/2021

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 07/06/2021 to 14/06/2021

Registration of the last exam

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than ten days before the thesis defense date

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 20/07/2021

Final Examination Committee

 

OCTOBER

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: 24/09/2021

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 13/09/2021 to 24/09/2021

Registration of the last exam

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than ten days before the thesis defense date

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 26/10/2021

Final Examination Committee 

 

APRIL

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: : 01/03/2022

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 14/02/2022 to 01/03/2022

Registration of the last exam

For students who are in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

For students who are not in due course: the last exam must be registered not later than the deadline for the thesis defense application.

Defense dates: 12/04/2022

Final Examination Committee

 

JUNE

This extended degree session in only vailable for:

- students who are regularly enrolled for academic year 2020/21 at the second year

- students who are irregularly enrolled for academic year 2020/21, if they haven’t made any change in their career plan.

 

Deadlines for the email to the adress sds-thesis@unito.it: : 31/03/2022

Candidates, supervisors and Referees

Dates for submission of the online application: from 21/03/2022 to 31/03/2022

Registration of the last exam: maximum 10 days before graduation day

Defense dates: 08/06/2022

Final Examination Committee

 

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 sds-thesis@unito.it.

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