To be admitted to the final exam, the candidate must first have acquired at least 75 credits in the various academic activities that are part of the PhD programme curriculum. Exact dissertation deadlines will be given to the candidate by the PhD program secretary.
The Examiner has to be a highly qualified professor, also belonging to foreign institutions, and external to the Politecnico di Milano.
The Examiners' role is to provide an in-depth evaluation of the thesis. (deadline indicated by the secretariat)
(deadline indicated by the secretariat)
The Examiners will provide their evaluation through a form, indicating:
a. general and detailed comments
b. scientific soundness and significance
c. quality of the written document (quality of the abstract and of the properly supported discussion and conclusions, thesis structure, adequacy of the references, clarity).
The Examiners will also suggest an overall assessment and a possible outcome of the evaluation to the Board, among the following choices:
- PhD thesis not ready to be defended - suggesting the level of revisions required among:
. minor revisions (up to 1 month)
. major revisions (up to 3 months)
. substantial revisions (up to 6 months)
- PhD awardable
- PhD awardable cum laude
If asked for substantial revisions (6 months), the Ph.D. candidate is admitted to the final exam and the thesis will be supported by a 2nd evaluation by the Examiners.
The Ph.D. candidate is also required to send the final version of the thesis to the secretariat.
In addition, prior to the final examination, candidates are required to:
- send the Design PhD program secretary's office their dissertation abstracts for publication in the Doctoral School's annul bulletin,
- submit the dissertation electronically to the Politecnico di Milano archives (POLITesi). Instructions for online submission are published in the “INFO E ASSISTENZA – TESI DI DOTTORATO” section of https://www.politesi.polimi.it/
The Politecnico di Milano will use the online procedure to transfer a copy of the dissertation submitted for deposit in the Biblioteche Nazionali in Florence and Rome, as stipulated in Article 6, Paragraph 11 of Ministerial Decree No. 224/1999.