At the end of each year the candidate is evaluated for admission to the next year.
The PhD Programme in Bioengineering provides the following PhD student’s evaluations:
- First Year: admission to the Second year
- Second Year: admission to the Third year
- Third Year: evaluation for the admission to the final exam.
Each evaluation is based on a written report (report template) and an oral presentation offered to a Commission composed of 3 to 5 Faculty Board members. At the end of the first year the candidate will present his/her work o his/her Tutor in presence of his/her Advisor; after having scheduled the date for the meeting with his/her Tutor and Advisor. Each Advisor is also asked to provide a written evaluation of the student research activity (form template).
In the report and during the presentation, PhD student will be asked to describe:
- the context and objective of their research;
- the progress of the major research activities;
- the work plan;
- the list of the courses and schools attended and planned;
- other activities: internships, external courses, national and international seminars, conferences and workshops, participation to research project, support to teaching activities;
As guideline for the evaluation criteria, the evaluation form for the yearly exam can be found at first year, second year, third year.
The yearly evaluation is passed with the admission to the next year with a mark from A to D or may turn out in the admission to the same year (repetition), or in the termination of the PhD course.
The third-year evaluation establishes the candidate's admission to the final PhD defence.
After admission to the final exam, the Thesis is submitted to two external reviewers for refereeing. If the evaluation provided by the reviewers is positive, the candidate will defend his/her thesis in a final exam. Reviewers can ask to delay the final defence of the thesis up to 6 months, to complete it and fix issues.
The final defence of the thesis is typically done within 2 months from the end of the PhD, in front of a committee including a faculty Board member and at least two external professors (form template for thesis evaluation).