The final examination for the degree consists of the presentation and discussion of a dissertation on a subject requiring significant and demanding planning/design work, carried out in the context of one of the course units or other training activities.
Through the dissertation, the candidate must demonstrate mastery of the topics, the ability to work independently and adequate communication skills.
The final grade will be out of 110.
Procedure for the final examination
1. The final examination for a second-cycle degree consists of a design or analysis activity in the field of Mechanical Engineering, agreed upon with a supervisor and developed by the student with personal input, followed by the writing of a written report (dissertation) and its discussion in front of the Second-Cycle Graduation Commission. In the final examination, the candidate must demonstrate mastery of the topics, the ability to work independently and adequate communication skills.
2. The committees for the second-cycle degree examinations are appointed by the Director of the (relevant) Department, according to the departmental regulations, in compliance with the law, the Articles of Association and the Code of Ethics. The committees for the second-cycle degree examinations are composed of at least five members, the majority of whom must be tenured professors.
3. The report for the final examination may be written in English with an extensive summary in Italian.
4. The Graduation Commission will make an overall assessment of the candidate's basic and professional preparation, taking into account the results of the candidate's entire university career, including the work relating to the preparation of the dissertation.
5. For admission to the final examination the student must have successfully passed, within ten days of the date set for the examination, the assessment relating to all the activities envisaged in the programme of study for a total of at least 111 ECTS credits.
6. The Graduation Commission’s mark will be out of 110.
7. Final reports submitted to the Graduation Commissions of the second-cycle degree can be awarded a maximum of 7 points.
8. The weighted average admission grade is calculated on all graded assessments; it is rounded up if the decimal is higer than or equal to 0.5, down if less than 0.5; ECTS credits awarded for supernumerary examinations are not counted.
9. If the candidate achieves a mark of 110/110, the Commissions may award lode, by unanimous vote.
10. Three second-cycle degree exam sessions are scheduled for each academic year: summer, autumn and winter. As a rule, the first potential session for taking the second-cycle degree examination is at the end of the second term of the second year. The winter session is a session of the previous academic year and normally ends at the end of March.