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Final exam

Final exam (Laurea Magistrale exam)
In the Academic Year 2016/17, only the first year of the Master Degree in Neuroscience was activated, therefore the Evaluating Committee for the Laurea Magistrale exam has not been nominated yet.

As established in the Guidelines of the Master Degree, the Evaluating Committee for the Laurea Magistrale exam is composed by 5 - 7 members, with some permanent members with voting right (the president and 1 - 3 commissioners), the student’s supervisor (in the case of more supervisors, only one of them has voting right), and the two thesis examiners (with voting right); other members without voting right can also be part of the Committee.
A list of 8 permanent members of the Evaluating Committee for the Laurea Magistrale exam (from which the president and the other commissioners are nominated) is set each year by the Aggregated Council following the proposal of the Master Degree Committee and remains in office from 1st June to 31st May of the following year.

The Evaluating Committee for the Laurea Magistrale exam scrutinizes the judgments of the supervisor and of the thesis examiners. The supervisor, on the basis of his evaluation of the candidate’s abilities in preparing and discussing the thesis, proposes a final grade for the Laurea Magistrale exam; the two thesis examiners express their opinion about the adequacy of the proposed grade on the basis of their evaluation of the candidate’s activities. Then, the candidate’s CV is read and the members of the Committee proceed to a secret scrutiny vote.

Thesis examiners
The guidelines for the second cycle degree courses (Lauree Magistrali) establish, for each thesis, the presence of two thesis examiners. They are teachers who organize an interview with the candidate and verify his / her knowledge of the scientific background of the thesis and his / her critical participation to the research activities. The designation of the thesis examiners is made about 4 months before the Laurea Magistrale exam.
Only in the case of a Type A, subtype 2, thesis internship (thesis prepared in laboratories in Pisa - Universities or CNR - with a supervisor not belonging to the Study Courses in Biology) one of the two thesis examiners is proposed by the supervisor and will act as a tutor during all phases of the work.
At least 4 months before the Laurea Magistrale exam, the candidate should send an application for the assignment of the thesis examiners (download) to the President of the Lauree Committee. The application should be accompanied by a summary of the thesis (1 page, 3 copies).
Within 15 days, the Lauree Committee nominates the two thesis examiners. The candidate is invited to contact the thesis examiners to organize preliminary meetings with them before the final interview.
The candidate sends a semi-final version of the thesis (consisting of a preliminary introduction, detailed methods and results, preliminary discussion with conclusions, and main bibliographic references) to the thesis examiners at least 10 days before the meeting for the final interview (40 - 20 days before the Laurea Magistrale exam). During the interview, the candidate illustrates the research topic, the aim of the thesis and the experimental approaches, discusses the results and demonstrates his / her knowledge of basic biological aspects of the investigated topics. The thesis examiners express their judgment on the thesis and propose possible changes. The thesis examiners provide an evaluation, related to their area of interest, of the candidate using the criteria reported in the form Thesis examiners score; such criteria refer to the general educational objectives as reported in the guidelines of the second cycle degree courses (Lauree Magistrali). The evaluations must be sent to the Didactic Office within 20 days before the session of the Laurea Magistrale exams. In case of no document delivery to the Didactic Office, the candidate will be excluded from the final exam.

Final grade
The final grade is determined by the grades obtained in the different disciplines, by the judgments of the supervisor and of the thesis examiners, and by the judgment of the Evaluating Committee for the Laurea Magistrale exam. In the case of Type B thesis, the judgment of the apprenticeship will also be included. Possible supernumerary exams that the candidate wants to exclude from average calculation must be indicated in the online application and in the application presented to the Didactic Unit of the Department of Biology (download form). The grade is expressed as a fraction with denominator 110 (one hundred and ten). For the “cum laude” award, the unanimous vote of the Committee is necessary.

The final grade is determined by the Evaluating Committee for the Laurea Magistrale exam.
The maximum grade is 110/110, possibly with “cum laude” award.
The final grade is the sum of the following:
A) weighted average (in /30) of the grades of the single exams (75%);
B) average of the scores (in /30) of each of the 5 - 7 members of the Evaluating Committee (25%).
The final grade is determined with the following formula with rounding up or down as appropriate:
The supervisor or the President of the Evaluating Committee may propose the “cum laude” award in the case that the candidate has obtained a grade of 110/110 without rounding up, has obtained 30/30 cum laude in at least 2 fundamental exams of the Laurea Magistrale or has a weighted average of the grades of the single exams of at least 29/30.
For information on thesis internships, see the specific page