The Master's thesis represents the end of a student's educational program. The post-graduate student becomes the author of a personal project, which consist of extensive and in-depth:
a) empirical research which can be experimental or observational/ correlational, or
b) a critical analysis and review of the literature on empirical and theoretical topics and issues.
A Supervisor who guides you is needed in order to write a thesis. The Supervisor can be a faculty member of the Department of Psychology or a faculty member who teaches a course within the Bachelor or Master's programs organized by the Department. The supervisor must ensure that the thesis respects the scientific standards of the academic community, guiding the student in all phases of the thesis, providing useful indications to improve the work.
The student may contact a faculty member personally, who can agree to be a Supervisor. A student who has not contacted a faculty member personally may apply for an ex officio assignment of the Supervisor (see the dedicated sections for information on procedures).
In order to facilitate the search for a Supervisor, from the beginning of 2021 a Thesis Bulletin Board will be active, a space in which each professor can, if they wish, indicate research projects on which students can potentially work for their thesis.
On average, a master thesis takes about 12 months to complete.
Once the thesis has been completed, the student must submit the Application Form for the Evaluation in order to obtain a Degree (i.e., domanda d’ammissione alla valutazione della prova finale), within the deadlines established for the graduation session in which he/she intends to participate. There are at least four graduation sessions in an academic year.
All the norms that regulate the steps for the attainment of the Degree are contained in the Thesis Regulations, shown below. We encourage you to read them carefully.
Warning! If plagiarism is found within the thesis, the procedure described in the Regulations will be activated and sanctions applied. Further useful information can be found in the guidelines on how to write a thesis and how to report statistical results.