Regulations for the final exam for the Master Degrees in Molecular Biology and Sanitary Biology (DM 270)
Master's Research Project and final thesis
Passing the Final Exam is contingent on the rules contained in articles 5 and 6 of the Educational Regulation of the Master's Degree, and on the rules of action contained in the current Regulation.
Students are required to partake in a period of research activity (Master's Research Project) to be undertaken in a university laboratory or in an officially accepted public or private laboratory. The Research Project should deal with aspects pertinent to the Degree Course, and is conducted under the supervision of a Tutor. During this time the student should acquire the necessary know-how with respect to instrumental methodology, the use of analytical instruments, and the techniques involved in data acquisition and analysis. The work conducted should be detailed in the form of an original written thesis; the final exam consists in a viva defense of the Research Project.
The Tutor's role is to provide mentoring, to approve the final contents of the written thesis, and to express judgement on the scientific and cultural proficiency of the student, even if the research was conducted in an external laboratory.
The Tutor can be any of:
-a faculty member of the Degree Course in Molecular Biology;
-a faculty member of the Department of Biology, that is, a faculty member teaching in one of the degree courses managed by the Department of Biology.
Optionally, a student may be under the mentorship of a Co-Tutor, who has the function of assisting the Tutor in mentoring the student during the Research Project. The Co-Tutor may be a faculty member which does not comply with the requisites of a Tutor, or a person of established scientific and/or technological competence. The Co-Tutor is nominated by the Final Exam Committee at the time of admission of the student to the Research Project. It should be noted that, during the Research Project, the evaluation of the student's activities is solely under the Tutor's responsibility. The name of the Co-Tutor shall appear, alongside the Tutor's, on the cover of the written report (thesis).
The examination board for the Final Exam is nominated by the Department Director, and is composed by a President and at least four other board members, including the Tutor.
The Graduation Final Exam Committee evaluates the Research Project applications, proceeds to officially nominate the Tutor, and communicates any deliberations thereof through the Student's Office.
Furthermore, the Committee arranges the Master's Degree final examination board and indicates, within each board, a Referee for each of the final written reports to be evaluated. The optional Co-Tutor may participate as a non-voting member of the board.
Application for the Admission to the Research Project
In order to be admitted to the Master's Degree Research Project, by the date of the application the student must have passed all the first-year exams.
Application: 31 July Start of Project: 1 September
Application: 30 September Start of Project: 1 November
Application: 15 February Start of Project: 1 March
The first deadline is reserved for students who have passed all the first-year exams by July. The second deadline is reserved for students who have passed all the first-year exams by the month of September. The third deadline is reserved for students who have passed all the first-year exams by the end of the first semester; starting from academic year 2012-2013, for those applying within this deadline, the earliest graduation session will be in autumn of the same solar year
Forms to be handed in to the Educational Office of the CCS:
Application to begin Research Project in Molecular Biology
Application to begin Research Project in Sanitary Biology
Student Identification Form (to be filled in only if the Tutor is a member of the Department of Biology)
Research Project form prepared by the Career Service Office (link al sito di Ateneo)
In the application the student, in agreement with the the proposed Tutor, should report the names of the Tutor (and optional Co-Tutor) in whose laboratory the Research Project will be conducted, as well as the subject of the Research Project.
Official documentation proving that the student has passed all first-year exams should be attached to the application.
The Final Exam Committee shall evaluate the applications and shall communicate any deliberations through the Student's Office.
Once the student has begun the Research Project, the subject of the Project and/or the Tutor may be changed only for well-founded reasons, and following evaluation by the Final Exam Committee. In the case a new Tutor is assigned, the previous Research Project will be considered void, unless the Final Exam Committee deliberates otherwise.
Students performing the Research Project abroad (i.e. ERASMUS exchange students, or within a Double Diploma program) should ensure that the tutor has filled in and emailed the
student evaluation form.
End of the Research Project and Application for Graduation
A the completion of the Research Project period, the student must present the Student's Office with the following documentation, according to the specific Master's Degree:
Following this procedure it is under the student's responsibility to present the application request according to the procedures and deadlines outlined in the Degree Course's web site.
Certification confirming the completion of the Research Project for the Master's Degree in Molecular Biology (internal laboratory)
Certification confirming the completion of the Research Project for the Master's Degree in Sanitary Biology (internal laboratory)
Certification confirming the completion of the Research Project for the Master's Degree in Molecular Biology (external laboratory)
Certification confirming the completion of the Research Project for the Master's Degree in Sanitary Biology (external laboratory)
Obtaining the Master's Degree
The discussion of the material presented by the student at the Final Exam will occur in the presence of the Master's Degree Examination Board. According to article 6, comma 2 of the Master Degree's Educational Regulation, the final graduation mark is made up of the mean of the marks obtained in the single exams (excluding the final exam), weighted according to each exam's number of ECTS (CFU), and expressed as a fraction of 110. The mark for the final exam will be added to this. The final exam mark is the sum of the following contributions: from -1 to +3 points assigned by the Tutor; from -1 to +5 points assigned by the Referee; from -1 to +4 points assigned by the whole board. Half points are allowed.
The proposal for magna cum laude is accepted if the student's weighted average mark (excluding the final exam) equals at least 102/110. The proposal must be made to the members of the Final Exam board before the entry of the candidate into the examination room, and it must be accepted unanimously. The attribution of the magna cum laude must be based upon the examination of the complete study curriculum, the quality of the written report, and of the viva defense of the thesis by the candidate.
(deliberations of the Degree Course Assembly of the 18/11/08, the 20/06/11, and the 22/10/12)-(emended the 24/10/2013)
Updated on the 5th May 2017
How to prepare the written report (DM 270)
The written report (thesis) must be an original piece of work in terms of the experimental data and wording. Non-original figures and images must be duly acknowledged.
Characteristics of the Report
· A maximum of 80 pages (40 two-sided sheets) including Figures, Tables and Bibliography:
· Abstract (maximum 200 words) in either Italian or English language
· Bibliography (maximum 35 references)
Form reporting the experimental methodologies employed (to be handed in, together with a copy of the written report-Master's Degree in Molecular Biology)
Form reporting the experimental methodologies employed (to be handed in, together with a copy of the written report-Master's Degree in Sanitary Biology)
Writing the report in English language
Students who conduct their Research Project, or part of their Research Project abroad, may write their report in English language, accompanied by a comprehensive abstract in Italian language. In such cases no express authorization is required. Furthermore, following specific authorization from the Educational Committee, it is still possible to write the report in English language even if the Research Project was conducted in Italy, at the following conditions:
a) in the presence of a motivated request, on the part of the student, to the President of the Final Examination Committee
b) under suggestion of the Tutor, which shall be directly acquired by the President of the Final Examination Committee.
The President of the Final Examination Committee is directly responsible for the evaluation of such requests.
Students writing their report in English language will be allowed to defend their thesis, during the viva presentation, either in English or in Italian language. Regardless of the chosen language, the quality of the presentation is a contributing element to the evaluation of the candidate.