In order to obtain a degree at the end of the session, students must pass two comprehensive exams (one written, one oral), an oral exam on the texts, and defend their thesis.
Only students who have passed every exam in the License and who have handed in their thesis at least two months before the session during which they plan on taking the final exams, will be admitted to the final, summary exams.
Exam on texts. When students believe they are ready, they will be able to take the exam on two significant works of Bioethics, chosen from a Department list. During the dates shown in the general calendar, students must hand in a form that lists the title of their chosen texts to the Department Administration Office.
Written summary exam. Students must study and analyze a series of “Summary Themes” suggested by the Department. The final written exam consists of one or more essays, the topics of which the Department will release only strictly before the exam. Students must prove their ability to summarize and their critical thinking through this exam.
Oral summary exam. The content of the oral written exam covers all the themes listed in the “Tesario di Licenza”. Students will sustain the oral exam in front of a panel of two professors, who will each question students for fifteen minutes on the topics listed.
Public Thesis Defense. The defense will last twenty minutes. It will take place in front of a panel of three professors: a president, the thesis supervisor and an auditor.
The License can be obtained by students who: