Graduating in Philosophy

The final paper marks the completion of the study programme.

Topic and supervisor

The topic of the paper will be agreed with the student's supervisor, to be chosen among the programme faculty. There is no co-supervisor. A lecturer who does not sit on the programme faculty may be chosen as a second supervisor, in agreement with the supervisor.

Please note that the graduation application may only be submitted upon agreement with the supervisor.


The final paper will award up to 6 points toward the overall mark. The scoring criteria cover the quality of the presentation, the analysis, the methods, and the organization of the paper. The committee may award honours unanimously.


The paper may be written in a EU language studied in the programme, as agreed with the supervisor.

Guidelines and other information

Further information can be found on this page. Please refer to the downloadable final paper guidelines for instructions on how to write your final paper.


Tutors for Final Paper
Bacin Stefano (surnames A-D) 
Grespi Barbara (surnames E-O) 
Mangiameli Gaetano (surnames P-Z) 

Online thesis submission (when needed)

To be admitted to the final exam, students must do the following:

  • upload a digital copy of the thesis in PDF/A format by accessing - from UNIMIA -> SIFA Online Services -> Administrative services -> graduation application -> Thesis upload. You cannot apply for graduation without uploading the thesis within the deadline.
  • Create a PDF/A file of your thesis starting from a Word or LibreOffice document (follow instructions on the video tutorial).

Inter-university programmes

Students enrolled in Milan-Genoa inter-university programmes who intend to graduate from the University of Genoa must notify the Humanities Student Desk within the deadline for online graduation application.

General and Faculty information

New procedures for the final exam – Bachelor’s degrees

Graduation session - July 2024

Students will take the final exam in person and will receive their degree mark at the end of the final exam, with the proclamation by the President oh the Commission. For the occasion, the rooms designated for the final exam will be able to host a larger number of people.

Therefore, the public graduation ceremony, initially scheduled for 24-25-26 July, will not take place. The diploma will be sent at home.

Master’s students are still required to take the final exam in person and will be awarded the degree on the same date, right after defending their thesis.

Graduation sessions

There are three graduation sessions per year, for both Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes:

  • Summer session
  • Autumn session
  • Winter session.

In the Deadlines and calendars section you will find the dates for each session and all the steps required to take the final exam.

Students who graduate by the third session of the academic year need not pay the first instalment for the next academic year.

Graduation requirements

      To graduate students must:

  • Be current with tuition and fees until the last year of enrolment
  • Pass all the exams required by your last approved study plan, within the deadlines
  • Agree on the thesis title with your supervisor before applying for graduation
  • Apply for graduation and pay the graduation fee
  • Fill in the upcoming graduate survey
  • Comply with programme-specific formalities and deadlines for each session

The graduation application must be submitted online by the deadline set for your session. Do not hand it in to the Student Registrar.


The payment of the € 116.00 graduation fee (including the € 16.00 stamp duty) may be made through Pago PA:

  • when submitting the online application, or
  • after submitting the graduation application, through the payment service 

Upcoming graduate survey
Upcoming graduates are required to fill in the survey within the term set for each session.
You can access the survey only after submitting the graduation application.
Failure to fill in the survey by the deadline will result in exclusion from the graduation session.

Deadlines, procedures and graduation calendars
Deadlines, calendars and procedures are different depending on the degree programme.


Each application is valid for a single exam session.

Students who forfeit an exam must promptly notify the Registrar through the Informastudenti Service. Students must submit another application through the online procedure, indicating the newly chosen exam session.

Once paid, the graduation fee is valid for the new session also. Postponements are not allowed.

Deadlines and calendars

Deadlines for completing exams and earning all required credits (CFU/ECTS):

  • Summer graduation session: all exams must be completed by the end of the first exam session following the second semester classes (end of May/beginning of June);
  • Autumn graduation session:
    - 1st round: all exams must be completed by the end of the September exam session;
    - 2nd round: all exams must be completed by the end of the December exam session
  • Winter graduation session: all exams must be completed by the end of the winter exam session (January/February)

Deadline for submitting the final paper/thesis (for all graduation sessions): usually one month before the beginning of each graduation session

Summer session (first session - single round) - a.y. 2023/2024
  • Final exams: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 July 2024 (morning and afternoon)
  • Online application for graduation: from 29 April to 27 May 2024
  • Graduand questionnaire completion deadline: within 27 May 2024
  • Deadline for completing exams: 12 June 2024
Autumn session (second session - first round) - a.y. 2022/2023

Notice: latest available round in order to sustain the final exam within 31 December 2023

  • Final exams: from 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21 November 2023 (morning and afternoon)
  • Online application for graduation: from 21 August 2023 to 25 September 2023
  • Graduand questionnaire completion deadline: within 25 September 2023
  • Deadline for completing exams and obtaining all CFU: 15 September 2023
  • Online thesis submission: from 21 August 2023 to 12 October 2023
  • Graduation ceremony: from 4, 5 and 6 December 2023
Autumn session (second session - second round) - a.y. 2022/2023
  • Final exams: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 e 12 February 2024 (morning and afternoon)
  • Online application for graduation: from 1 December 2023 to 8 January 2024
  • Graduand questionnaire completion deadline: 8 January 2024
  • Deadline for completing exams and obtaining all CFU: 21 December 2023
  • Online thesis submission: from 1 December 2023 to 10 January 2024
  • Graduation ceremony: 5, 6 e 7 March 2024
Winter session (third session - single round) - a.y. 2022/2023
  • Final exams: from 17 to 30 April 2024
  • Online application for graduation: from 1 to 29 February 2024
  • Graduand questionnaire completion deadline: from 1 to 29 February 2024
  • Deadline for completing exams and all CFU: 9 February 2024
  • Online thesis submission (only on completed exams): from 1 February to 18 March 2024
  • Graduation ceremony: 20, 21, 22, 23 of May 2024

The calendar will be published approximately the 27 of June 2024