Degree Programme Regulations

Final degree test

The final degree test consists of a written piece of work and a presentation, in front of a Commission, of the students research work. It will be partially in the chosen language for the study curriculum in order to demonstrate the adequate possession and ability of applying the linguistic skills provided in the degree programme

Supervisor and Assisting Supervisor

The topic of the final degree test will be agreed upon with the supervisor.

The supervisor and/or assisting supervisor are preferably scholars from the LEISAAM Master’s Degree programme or similar scholars from the Department involved in the MAster’s Degree programme. If the student intends to ask a scholar in a different department from the Department of Asian and North African Studies (DSAAM) to be their supervisor, they must also have a scholar from the DSAAM as an assisting supervisor, with whom the student will discuss the language part of the thesis. Any exceptions at any length must be approved by the programme’s Didactic College.

It is the role of the thesis advisor to communicate the name of the assistant supervisor to the Didactic Sector of the Department of Asian and North African Studies (

Contacting a supervisor for your thesis - Sinology

  1. Consider the timing required: the MA thesis should be requested and agreed upon with the supervisor a year prior to the graduation session considered or at the beginning of the second year at the lastest.
  2. Before contacting a prospective supervisor, please check the document “Professors thesis profile sinological area [ITA]” attached.
  3. Send a formal request to the professor in an email, with the following information:

    • enrolled Master’s Degree
    • abstract (max. 300 words)
    • index/summary
    • bibliography (at least 4-5 titles)
    • considered graduation session

  4. The e-mail must be sent from the student’s institutional email address ( with the following object: "Master’s thesis request" ("richiesta tesi magistrale").
  5. Wait for the professor’s answer to agree on a topic and work methodology.

Please remember that accepting or refusing a Master’s thesis is at the discretion of each professor.


Last update: 14/02/2024