PhD graduation procedure

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The general principles governing the PhD final examination are established in

Art. 8.6 of the Regolamento recante modalità di accreditamento delle sedi e dei corsi di dottorato e criteri per la istituzione dei corsi di dottorato da parte degli enti accreditati


Art.25 of the SISSA Statute


Art. 19 of the Regolamento dei Corsi di PhD della SISSA (English translation in progress)


A PhD student must defend its research work in front of an examination committee must be formed by at least 5 members of which at least two SISSA professors and two external examiners (not necessarily those who reviewed the thesis and sent their report, see next paragraph). The students' supervisor should propose the names of the external referees to the "Faculty" (Collegio dei Docenti) in due time; the date of the defense will agreed according to the availability of the examination committee members.


The thesis (which must contain an abstract) must be sent as a pdf file to two external referees (and to the Students' Secretariat)together with a report on the students' activities and the scientific articles published during the PhD course, at least one month before the defense (timing may differ; check exact rules of your course about this). At the same time the candidate will have to submit the following form to the Students' Secretariat: PhD request.

The external referees will then send back (to the student's supervisor and to the Students' Secretariat) a detailed report on the thesis that should clearly state whether the thesis can be defended on the expected date. They can also suggest corrections/improvements.

At least two days before the defense a pdf file of the thesis must be uploaded on the - SISSA Digital Library

- Regulations

- How to do it

This version thesis will be distributed to the members of the examination committee possibly one week before the examination date. The first page of the written thesis should fit this form available at the printing room, lower level. Printing is up to the student; binding can be done by the printing shop/store personnel.


The thesis can be approved, approved cum laude, or rejected. In the last case, the defense can be repeated only once.


Certificates and Diploma


Certificates in English can be simply asked to the Students' Secretariat (in person or by email)

If you need a nice diploma you should fill in this form and submit it to the Students' Secretariat.