The final exam consists of the defence of a thesis written in English under the guidance of a supervisor, chosen among the professors of UniTrento, on a topic consistent with the content of the Master’s programme. The supervisor will monitor and support the student's activities, providing feed-back on the suitability of the dissertation to be discussed, as well as on its originality
The Master thesis has a double educational value. On the one hand, it allows to evaluate the student’s learning outcomes as applied to an area of Human-Computer Interaction via an empirical or theoretical research; on the other hand, it allow to evaluate the student’s level of autonomy in planning, writing, and discussing a scientific text.
Two types of thesis are accepted:
- A thesis reporting an in-depth review of the literature about a topic relevant to the field of study. The review must be accurate, organized, and comprehensive as it should allow evaluating the student’s critical skills and capabilities for autonomous intellectual work.
- A thesis reporting novel empirical/experimental, simulative, and/or theoretical work. The thesis will include an in-depth analysis of the existing literature on the topic and (a) the definition of the research question, the description of methods and results, and a discussion of the findings (empirical/experimental and simulative theses), and (b) the theoretical proposal and its implications (theoretical thesis).
The final exam Committee will evaluate the thesis and the discussion on a scale from 66 (sufficient) to 110 (excellent), with the possibility of awarding the “cum laude”.
Requirements for graduation
120 ECTS, including those for the final exam, are needed to graduate.
To be admitted to final exam students must have acquired all the credits except for those of the thesis and possibly those of the internship. The latter must be registered at least a week before the date of the final exam.
Further information about the final exam Committee, score system, evaluation thesis can be found in teh document "Regolamento conseguimento titolo laurea magistrale in Human-Computer Interaction" articles 6, 7, 8 and in the Annex 1 ("Allegato 1") about the final score criteria.
Graduation sessions and deadlines calendar
Graduation sessions, deadlines and procedures for registering for the final exam and commissions are published at the page Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction and Psychology.