PhD Students belonging to the 29th to 32nd Cycles will undergo their final examinations in accordance with the rules of Turin  University, Turin having been the Consortium’s administrative centre during those years.

Some basic information follows. More specific details will be provided to PhD students from year to year.

(1) PhD Students are required to submit to the Board a written account of their PhD activities during the final year of the Doctorate.

(2) The PhD Steering Committee evaluates each submission and decides on admittance to the final examination.

(3) If the PhD student is admitted to the final examination the Committee chooses 2 referees (external to the Board and currently teachers in other Universities) and establishes a deadline for submission of the final version of the thesis to the referees. At the same time, the examining board of three professors is named. The examining board may include one or both of the above-mentioned referees.

(4) The Referees will evaluate the dissertation – ideally within a month of receipt of the thesis, filling in a simple  REVIEWER FORM. In their evaluation, referees may either (a) admit the dissertation as it is (or with minor revisions) to a public defense or (b) ask for major revisions to be completed within a period of no more than 6 months. In the latter case, upon resubmission the referees have one month to review the corrections and to submit their final report. Every dissertation is admitted to the public defense at this stage.

(5) Within 30 days of receiving the referees’ final reports, the University officially nominates the examination board whose members receive an official invitation. The public defense of the dissertation is held, with the participation of the examining board, within 3 months of its official nomination.