Information on Theoretical essay

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): 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).



1 marzo 2022 - 23 ottobre 2022


The enrolment procedure and the uploading of papers must be done via the Virtual Secretariat (SV). The student must register at least four months before the deadline, after contacting one of the professors qualified to follow the theoretical paper (see list below).
The student will establish with his supervisor a relevant topic and a delivery date. Once enrolled, the registration for the theoretical paper remains valid for future sessions.
Before enrolling, students will have to pass a short online course on "academic integrity", also adopted by other USI faculties, which will give them the necessary information on plagiarism and citation rules. Only once they have successfully passed this course will they be able to continue the enrolment process. Enrolment is also only complete once the supervisor has confirmed on the SV that he accepts the candidate and the delivery date.
By accessing the SV, supervisors are able to check the number of papers accepted per session, as well as the total number per academic year. In accordance with the Guidelines (Art. 3), we remind you that the rule of a maximum of 10 papers per year per supervisor remains unchanged.


Assignment due dates

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. We recommend to set the date at least one week before the delivery date, in order to give the supervisor time to evaluate and send the mark and reports.
Students will be responsible for uploading the electronic version (including images, in pdf format) to the virtual secretariat by the agreed date.


Report due date for supervisors

  • 30 June 2022
  • 31 August 2022
  • 31 January 2023



Supervisors (or their assistants) must then upload the same digital copies onto the ICorsi platform for the anti-plagiarism check (Turnitin). The papers must be uploaded within the dedicated course, i.e. "consegna elaborati teorici" (see attached Istruzioni).
Please note that the anti-plagiarism check is compulsory and must be done before sending the reports and marks (see attached Direttive).


    • ALBANI Francesca
    • BERNARDI Anna
    • BETTINI Sergio
    • BEZZOLA Tobia
    • BIDEAU André
    • BONNET Frédéric
    • CHESTNOVA Elena
    • DUSI Carlo
    • FRANGI Andrea
    • FRANK Christoph
    • GAY Jean-Lucien
    • GRAF Franz
    • GRIGNOLO Roberta
    • HILDEBRAND Sonja
    • IVANOVICI Vladimir
    • LEE Kevin
    • LEGGERO Roberto
    • 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
    • PAULUS Axel
    • PEDRETTI Bruno
    • PETZET Muck
    • ROESLER Sascha
    • ROSCETTI Andrea
    • TESCARI Vega
    • TORRICELLI Gian Paolo
    • VEGETTI Matteo
    • WALKER Enrique
    • ZIMMERLI Stéphan


    Further indication on the theoretical paper

    Students and teachers 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:
    “Dichiaro di aver redatto questo lavoro interamente di mio pugno, secondo gli articoli 37.1 e 37.2 del Regolamento degli studi (proibizione del plagio). Dichiaro inoltre di aver citato esaustivamente le fonti cartacee ed elettroniche dei passaggi riportati.”
    The prohibition of plagiarism extends to self-plagiarism, i.e. the repetition of texts or parts of texts previously submitted to the university (e.g. papers written as final exams).




    Servizio Elaborati

    • Bénédicte Maronnie

    Delegata della Direzione per gli Elaborati teorici

    • Carla Mazzarelli