Final degree exam calendar

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 (

Procedure for the request of the final thesis to the supervisor - Sinology

  1. Consider the required timing: the Master’s thesis should be requested and agreed upon with the supervisor a year prior to the considered graduating session or at the beginning of the second year at the lastest.
  2. Prior to talking about the thesis with the supervisor, read the document “Profilo tesi docenti area sinologica”.

  1. 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 graduating session

    The email must be sent from the student’s institutional email address ( with the following object: “Master’s thesis request” (“richiesta tesi magistrale”).

  2. Wait for the professor’s response to best define the theme and work methodology.

We remind you that accepting or refusing the Master’s theses is at the discretion of each professor.

Characteristics of the final degree test

The final degree test consists of a written piece of work containing a preface in the eastern language (2000 characters for chinese, 3000 for japanese and 4000 for arabic).

Type of written work

  • interdisciplinary critical/interpretative analysis;
  • translation with introduction and critical apparatus;
  • study of specific aspects of economic, law and political culture, of society or of contemporary history of the specialised area.

Master's Thesis curriculum LAMAC

Considered the specificity of the study curriculum, the Thesis should be written and discussed in English, except for the theses focusing on linguistic/terminographic themes, which should be written in Italian. The chosen topic should be relevant to the disciplines offered in the curriculum.

Thesis should include: 

  • critical/interpretative analysis, possibly interdisciplinary;
  • investigation of specific aspects of economic, legal, and political culture and of contemporary society within the area of specialization;
  • terminographic thesis (at least 60 terms) with a critical/interpretative introduction.

The Master's thesis should be of at least 40.000 words.

Credits assigned to the final degree test

24 credits are assigned to the thesis, with the exception of the LAMAC curriculum that assigns 18 credits.

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We recommend students should consult the Handbook for carrying out their Master’s Degree thesis suitably for the Department of Asian and North African Studies. The Handbook is a simple but complete guide for students studying arabic, chinese and japanese that are preparing to work on writing their Master’s Degree thesis.


Last update: 26/11/2021