Theoretical paper

To enter the Diploma semester, students starting the two-year Master's program are required to write a paper worth 5 ECTS in theoretical fields (historical-humanistic and technical-scientific). Students and lecturers are required to be familiar with the Guidelines (please see the attached documents), keeping in mind that the paper is an individual work (it cannot be done in pairs or groups).

The paper must be a scientific text of a minimum of 30 000 characters (excluding spaces). The supervisors will assess the papers of the students enrolled in the Master's course with a mark between 1 and 10 (where 6 is the minimum passing grade).



from 24th May 2023 to 2nd October 2024

The registration procedure must be completed and the papers uploaded onto the Virtual Secretariat (VS). 

The student must enrol at least four months before the deadline for submitting the paper, after contacting one of the lecturers authorised to supervise the theoretical work (see the list below).

Together with the supervisor, the student will choose the topic and a submission date. Once completed, the registration remains valid for the following sessions.

Before being able to enrol, students will have to pass a short online course on “academic integrity”, which has also been adopted by the other USI faculties. This will provide them with the necessary guidelines on plagiarism and rules for citation. Only once they have successfully passed the above course will they be able to continue the enrolment procedure.

Registrations will only be completed once the supervisor has confirmed on the VS that they have accepted the candidate.

By accessing the VS, supervisors can check the number of papers accepted per session, as well as the total number per year. In accordance with the guidelines (Art. 3), remember that the rule of the maximum number of 10 papers per year for each supervisor remains unchanged.


Sessions and submission deadlines

Supervisors will have to submit reports and marks to the secretariat via SV at the latest at the dates indicated below.
The submission date of the paper by the student to the supervisor must be agreed in advance between the supervisor and the student.
Students will be responsible for uploading the electronic version (including images, in pdf format) to the virtual secretariat by the agreed date.

The student must click on “finalise” to complete the submission procedure. The supervisor can request the student to submit a new version by clicking on “request new submission” (“richiedi nuova consegna”).

This year there will be two sessions:

  • 22/23-Autumn Session deadline for sending marks: 31rst August 2023

​​with paper submission by the student to the supervisor at least 7 days before, i.e. by 25.08.2023, in order to give the supervisor time to make the assessment and submit the report.


  • 23/24-Winter Session deadline for sending marks: 20th January 2024

​NB: Starting this year, for the January session alone, the students must submit their paper in advance and upload it on the VS by 08.01.2024. Supervisors will be able to send their reports until 20.01.2024.  

NB: Only in the case of rejection in the January session, will there be an extraordinary supplementary session in February (by 20 February).

It should be noted that the possibility of resubmission in February will be granted only if the paper was previously rejected in January. The supervisor should notify the “servizio elaborati” ([email protected]) if there are problems that prevent the corrections being completed by the deadline in January and extra time can be granted. 


Intermediate submissions

Supervisors are strongly advised to organise regular appointments and interim submissions so in order to check on the progress of the work and make plagiarism assessments.

To facilitate the interim submissions, it should be noted that from this year, the paper in the drafting phase may be submitted by the student directly via email or via VS. On submission of the final version of the paper, the supervisor allows the student to upload the new version by clicking on “request new submission” (“richiedi nuova consegna”).


Turnitin anti-plagiarism check

The student must upload a digital copy of the paper on the iCorsi platform for plagiarism verification (Turnitin) when he submits his paper. The papers must be uploaded within the course “submission theoretical paper” ("consegna elaborato teorico").

NB: Starting from this year it is the student who should upload the paper and no longer the supervisor (or assistants).

Please note that the supervisors are required to check the Turnitin report before submitting their own reports, so that they can be taken into account in the assessments (see Guidelines). The supervisor’s report must include a brief note on the Turnitin report. 

Supervisors can refer to the vademecum for more information on the Turnitin report assessment. In case of problems with plagiarism or doubts about the report, the supervisor can at any time contact the “servizio elaborati” ([email protected]).


Supervisors list
    • ALBANI Francesca
    • BERNARDI Anna
    • BETTINI Sergio
    • BEZZOLA Tobia
    • BIDEAU André
    • BONNET Frédéric
    • CARNEVALI Barbara
    • CHESTNOVA Elena
    • COMETTA Mosè
    • DUSI Carlo
    • FRANGI Andrea
    • FRANK Christoph
    • GAY Jean-Lucien
    • GRAF Franz
    • GRIGNOLO Roberta
    • HILDEBRAND Sonja
    • IVANOVICI Vladimir
    • KUZNETSOV Pavel
    • LEE Kevin
    • LEGGERO Roberto
    • LLORET Fritschi
    • LORENZETTI Luigi
    • MAFFIOLETTI Walter
    • MARTINOLI Simona
    • MAZZARELLI Carla
    • MOIZI Mirko
    • MOLINA Moreno
    • MONDINI Daniela
    • MONOTTI Mario
    • NAVONE Nicola
    • NERI Gabriele
    • NOZZA Carlo
    • OESTERLE Silvan
    • ORAZI Manuel
    • PEDRETTI Bruno
    • PETZET Muck
    • ROESLER Sascha
    • ROSCETTI Andrea
    • TESCARI Vega
    • VEGETTI Matteo
    • WALKER Enrique
    • ZIMMERLI Stéphan


    Directives and anti-plagiarism statement

    Students and professors are required to read the attached Guidelines.

    The last page of the paper must contain the following declaration, which each student must sign with an (electronic) signature:

    “I declare that I have written this work entirely with my own hand, in keeping with Articles 37.1 and 37.2 of the Study Regulations (prohibition of plagiarism). I also declare that I have exhaustively cited the paper and electronic sources of the passages quoted.”

    or by attaching the anti-plagiarism statment (attached).




    Servizio Elaborati

    • Bénédicte Maronnie - Coordinator of the theorical papers
    • Carla Mazzarelli - Direction delegate for the theoretical papers