Programme guidelines

General rules

There are nine general rules to be observed by the student and programme mentor in assessing the student’s possible course programme choices and in signing the finalised course programme. These general rules work differently according to programme, graduation subject field and track.

1.

The student creates a programme of units of study totaling 120 credits. These units are selected from among the courses offered by the UT or, where beneficial, courses offered by other universities. All course programmes except for Graduate School students have to include a 30-credit graduation assignment, and a 10-credit Research Topics unit. Graduate School students have to include a 15 credit research internship and a 30 credit graduation assignment. Trento Double Degree students have to include the 15 credits Trento course Research design, and the 30 credit graduation assignment.
Students with a course programme totaling fewer than 120 credits or one lacking a graduation assignment of at least 30 credits will not successfully pass the master’s programme final assessment. There are no exceptions to this rule, except that the Examination Board may grant a student exemption from the mandatory 10 credits Research Topics.

2.

The admissions board may grant a student admission with additional requirements, imposing additional diploma eligibility requirements. These requirements differ from student to student. No more than 30 credits will be required to satisfy the conditions imposed by the admissions board.
The master’s programme final assessment cannot be passed if the course programme of this category of students does not satisfy the additional requirements imposed. There are no exceptions to this rule.

3.

Requirements apply to each course programme to ensure basic knowledge in the field of study and the track selected. The admissions board may adjust these requirements on the basis of the student’s prior education and training. Such an adjustment will never entail an intensification of the requirements. The master’s programme final assessment cannot be passed if the course programme does not satisfy the basic knowledge requirements. The only exception to this rule is when the admissions board lowers the basic knowledge requirements.

4.

Requirements apply to each course programme to ensure sufficient depth of study in the track selected. The manner in which these requirements are satisfied is determined in consultation with the programme mentor. This includes, where necessary, taking into account which chair/chairs will bear responsibility for the student’s graduation supervision. The master’s programme final assessment cannot be passed if the course programme does not satisfy the depth of study requirements. There are no exceptions to this rule.

5.

Requirements apply to some course programmes governing the chair from which the student can complete his/her studies, according to the graduation subject field or track selected. The master’s programme final assessment cannot be passed if, during the course of study, the requirements for the composition of the graduation committee are not satisfied. There are no exceptions to this rule.

6.

One guideline applicable to all course programmes is that continuing students (i.e. holders of a UT Bachelor’s diploma eligible for automatic admission to one of the master’s programmes) can complete part of the programme’s 120 credits outside of the UT. The Examination Board may decide to exempt an individual from this guideline.
The total number of credits completed at the UT or at another university or research institute approved by the programme mentor, must be at least 90, except for Trento Double Degree students, who complete exactly 60 credits at the UT The Examination Board may permit a student to deviate from this rule. Additional requirements with regard to the type of activities completed by students outside of the UT may be posed. For instance, the obligation that a student completes a traineeship. Such a requirement must involve no more than 30 credits. The master’s programme final assessment cannot be passed if the course programme does not satisfy the requirements imposed with regard to the units of study completed outside of the UT, unless an exemption has been granted.

7.

It is possible to have more than one instance of a unit of study (e.g. HMI project, Capita Selecta) in a course programme. Of course the approval of the programme mentor is needed. The difference between the two must be clear to all parties.

8.

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Course programme approval

The student must complete the following steps to obtain course programme approval:

1. Orientation
Students complete subjects and sit interim examinations as they see fit. In this phase only a few credits can be earned. During this phase, the student can be advised by the admissions board or, if the choice of track is clear, by a programme mentor (section 3.6). If the student chooses subjects or projects during orientation without consultation of the admissions board or a programme mentor, he/she does so at his/her own risk.

If 15 credits have been earned in the master’s programme, the orientation ends. At this point, permission from a programme mentor is required for a more complete programme of at least one year. Phase 2 begins.

In case the student during orientation chooses only subjects and projects which are mandatory for any course programme (within a given graduation subject field or track), consultation with and approval by a programme mentor may be postponed to a maximum of 30 credits. No one can earn more than 30 credits in phase 1.

2. Approval of initial choices
After receiving approval from the programme mentor, at least 60 credits of the course programme to be completed or already partially completed are laid down. The choice of graduation subject field or track is clear, as is the matter of whether a traineeship will be included in the course programme. The manner in which the credits for optional units of study are to be allocated and the chair/chairs from which the student will graduate may still be not entirely clear.

3. Approval of entire course programme
The programme mentor approves the 120-credit course programme in its entirety. At this point it is clear which chair/chairs will bear responsibility for the student’s graduation supervision.

Students may reduce the term of Phase 1 and skip Phase 2. Regardless of how the student wishes to proceed, once the limit established for the orientation phase has been reached (i.e. 15 programme credits earned or 30 credits for mandatory units of study only), the programme mentor must be contacted.

Laying down and obtaining approval of course programme

Standard forms for laying down the course programme are available from the Educational support office secretariat and on the website of the Faculty of EEMCS.

Once the programme mentor and the student reach an agreement on the content of the course programme, they complete and sign the forms. The programme mentor signs on behalf of the Examination Board.

The completed and signed form listing the course programme must be included in the student’s file at S&O (the Student & Education service centre).

In principle, the student will earn the programme diploma if he/she completes the units of study listed in the course programme and earns results in line with the guidelines for passing the final assessment.

If the course programme listed on a signed form does not satisfy the regulations described in the Teaching and Examination Regulations and/or does not satisfy the conditions imposed by the admissions board, the Examination Board is authorized to impose additional diploma eligibility requirements.