Degree Programme Regulations

Thesis Regulations

Class LM-53 Science and Technology of Bio and Nanomaterials

For anything that is not included in these regulations, reference is made to arr. 29 of the University Educational Regulations.

These regulations come into force for all students enrolled by the 2018/2019 A.Y. for the Master’s Degree in Science and Technology of Biomaterials and Nanomaterials, Regulation DM 270/04.

The present regulations was approved by the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems in the session of 15/05/2018.

Art. 1

The thesis consists of the undertaking of an experimental activity on a specific topic, assigned to the candidate by their supervisor and approved by the Teaching Committee.

The thesis activity will involve a final exam (18 ECTS) and can also involve an internship (6 ECTS).

Art. 2

The experimental work as part of the thesis will be carried out during the internship period.

There are two possible internships:

  1. “Internal”- which is carried out in the laboratories of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice or the University of Verona.
  2. “External”- which is carried out in an organisation, research laboratory or external company that has entered into a specific agreement with the university.

To be admitted onto the thesis project, the student must have obtained at least 60 ECTS and submitted an application by filling out the appropriate form to be sent to the Scientific Campus Secretariat. The official start of the thesis is from the start date of the experimental work, which must be indicated in the application.

The Teaching Committee of the Master’s degree in Science and Technology of Bio and Nanomaterials approves the thesis project and assigns the degree to a supervisor or two speakers or a supervisor and a co-supervisor.

In the case of Internal Internships, the supervisor must be a tenured Professor or a Researcher of the Master’s degree in Science and Technology of Bio and Nanomaterials or of the Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Sustainable Chemistry and Technology and an external one indicated by the Institute, Research Laboratory or Company outside of the university.

In the case of experimental work carried out “externally”, please refer to the University regulations for the necessary requirements.

Those carrying out the thesis abroad as part of a university exchange project must send a report describing the activities carried out up to that time to the external rapporteur every two months. In total, two reports should be forwarded in addition to the final thesis.

Art. 3

The supervisor is responsible for guiding and coordinating the work carried out by the candidate and for promoting all the formalities required by the present Regulations, except for those in which it is otherwise provided.

Art. 4

For each student, the Teaching Committee designates a Thesis Commission which must include the supervisor(s), two professors (also unconfirmed) and a substitute Commissioner who will only take over from those designated if they are unable to attend.

In the case of an “external” thesis, the external supervisor has the right to participate in the Thesis Commission. In this case the judgement and the evaluation are agreed upon between the two supervisors.

The Thesis Commission has the task of collectively evaluating the work carried out by the candidate through an interview. The interview involves the presentation and discussion of the work carried out by the candidate during the thesis period.

Art. 5

The Commissions who for justified reasons cannot participate in the interview must arrange to be replaced by the substitute, communicating it to the President of the Teaching Committee.

Art. 6

The report must be delivered in digital form to each member of the Thesis Commission at least four working days before the discussion. The final papers and theses can also be written in multimedia form and in a language other than Italian or English, subject to approval by the Academic Board.

The last curriculum of studies proficiency exam must be sat before the deadline established by the University for each session.

Art. 7

The evaluation of the thesis is carried out by taking the results achieved as well as the discussion into consideration. At the end of the interview, the Thesis Commission will give a summary evaluation of the candidate’s work, reporting it on a specific form. The evaluation of the thesis must be attached to the deeds for the assignment of the Master’s degree.

The Thesis Commission can assign a score no larger than 8 marks, of which up to a maximum of 3 are available to the supervisor and the remaining marks are to the decision of the Commission.

Art. 8

In order to support the final exam, the student must have obtained all the credits provided for the Master’s degree programme (102 ECTS), with the exception of those awarded for the Final Exam itself (18 ECTS).

Art. 9

The evaluation of the Final Exam consists of the discussion with the Final Exam Commission, a thesis elaborated upon by the student in an original way, and produced and delivered exclusively in digital form.

The convocation of the Final Test Commission is transmitted by the Scientific Campus Secretariat.

Art. 10

The Final Test Commission, made up of 3 to 7 lecturers, chosen in most part from the university professors (they can also be those qualified or experts in the subject), is appointed by the Director of the Department and is, as a rule, chaired by the president of the Teaching Committee. 1 or 2 alternate members are also appointed, who must be present before the start of the graduation session to replace those unable to attend.

Art. 11

On the basis of the marks obtained out of one hundred and ten, the average of the marks of the weighted exams with the respective credits attributed to each course and the marks assigned by the Thesis Commission, the Final Exam Commission can at most round the final score to the higher unit on the basis of the candidates presentation of the thesis work.

The Commission can award the students any further marks according to the University’s current regulations.

Art. 12

The request for praise must be presented in writing to the Thesis Commission by the supervisor. A necessary condition in order to present the request for additional recognition is that the marks, expressed in hundredths, which is obtained by adding the weighted average of the marks obtained in the Final Exams to the additional marks of any bonuses and that the Final Exam is equal to or greater than 110/110.

The honours are conferred unanimously by the Final Test Commission on the unanimous proposal of the Thesis Commission. 

Last update: 18/01/2023