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Theses

The Thesis Archive (Archivio Tesi) is housed at the Management Office of the University Library Service, which preserves and catalogues master's degree and doctoral theses defended at the University of Milan and makes them available to the public.
The catalogue of master's and single-cycle degree theses can only be consulted via the local network.
Doctoral theses defended up to A.Y. 2009-2010 have been entered into the University Catalogue, those from subsequent years can be consulted in AIR Archivio Istituzionale della Ricerca, the institutional repository of the University of Milan.
Access to the Thesis Archive is by appointment only. For information email to archivio.tesi@unimi.it
Please note that the theses defended at the Faculty of Law cannot be consulted pursuant to the decision of the Faculty Board of 5 November 1997.

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Consult degree theses

The Thesis Archive stores all the degree's theses under the old University system, master's degree theses (new University system) and those of the postgraduate specialization programmes.
You can search the catalogue and consult theses at the Thesis Archive (Management Office of the University Library Service) by appointment only. For information email to archivio.tesi@unimi.it

A member of staff will reply promptly, indicating the date and time of your appointment for searching  the catalogue. You will also receive information on the procedures for consulting theses, which you will be able to do at a later date inasmuch as this requires special authorisation from:

  • the author of the thesis (requested by the Thesis Archive);
  • the President of the Managing Board of the School or Faculty where the thesis was defended (requested by you using a form provided by the Thesis Archive);
  • your supervisor, if you are preparing your own thesis (requested by you).

Home lending is not permitted and the thesis must not be reproduced in any way whatsoever. Only the author, on presentation of an identity document, can request a copy of his/her own thesis.

The teaching staff of the University of Milan require no authorisation to consult the theses.

Important: the following cannot be consulted:

  • permanently the theses of the Faculty of Law, by decision of the Faculty Board;
  • temporarily all the theses defended up to A.Y. 1987/88 included, due to work in progress.

Submit your master's degree thesis

You are required to submit a copy of your master's degree thesis (second cycle or single cycle degrees) in accordance with the procedures and deadlines established by each individual Student Administration Office (further information on this page,in Italian). The Thesis will remain in the University records.


Consult doctoral theses

The Thesis Archive stores all the doctoral theses defended at the University of Milan starting from academic year 1997/98. Up to 31 December 2010 the theses are stored in analogue format (printed or microfiche); from 1 January 2011 are stored in digital format only. Consultation methods vary according to the storage format.

Theses in analogue format
They are included in the University Catalogue.
Theses can be consulted by appointment only in the Thesis Archive, located in the University Library Service Management Office. For information email to archivio.tesi@unimi.it
Because not all theses can be consulted, you should carefully note the following indications in the description of each thesis:

  • authorization: yes ('Autorizzazione: sì'): the thesis can be consulted freely;
  • document can be consulted after authorization ('Documento consultabile previa autorizzazione') or no indication: the author left no instructions regarding the consultation of his/her thesis and the Thesis Archive will contact him/her;
  • document cannot be consulted ('Documento non consultabile'): the thesis cannot be consulted.

Home lending not permitted and the work must not be reproduced in any way whatsoever.

Theses in digital format
The catalogue can be accessed through AIR Archivio Istituzionale della Ricerca, the institutional repository of the University, and contains, besides the catalogue record details, also the full text version of the thesis.
Therefore consultation is online through AIR.
Because not all theses can be consulted, you should carefully note the symbol next to the link to the full text of each thesis (attached files):

 Clip with green sticker (Open): the thesis can be consulted freely;
 Clip with red sticker (Reserved): the thesis cannot be consulted;
 Clip with yellow sticker (Restricted or Embargoed): consultation of the thesis may be restricted or embargoed - view the record details to check its actual availability.