MEPA Rules

Scope and field of application

These rules and regulations apply to the students of the Master in Electoral Policy and Administration and supplement the provisions of the General Rules and Regulations for the students of the courses of the Masters and Advanced Education Programs of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the regulations therein referred to.

Structure and duration of the Master Programme

Starting from 15 May 2016 students can apply any time. Admitted participants will be informed about their results within eight weeks. Once admitted, students will receive an Admission Letter and they will have up to six months to secure enough funding and start attending the courses. Starting from 1 October 2016, the modules will be available online. Students can start attending the Programme at three different times per year: 1 October, 15 January or 1 April. In this way, for each module, students will have three different possibilities per year to attend virtual group sessions and take the module exam.

 

The structure of the Master Programme is as follows:

 

  1. Online component – 8 months for a total of 480 hours (excluding individual study)
  2. Optional internship – min. 300 hours
  3. Preparation and public defence of the thesis – 3 months
  4. Optional residential component – max. 3 weeks to be held in autumn or in spring at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. The residential component is offered with a minimum of 10 participants.

 

The average duration of the Programme is 1 year. Students may opt to complete the degree within a longer timeframe. However, the maximum duration of the Programme shall not exceed 2 years. The starting point of the Master Programme corresponds to the closest starting date available following the payment of the first tranche of the tuition fee. For example, if the first tranche of the tuition fee is paid on the 1st of December, the student will be able to start attending the online modules on the 15th of January. The 15th of January it is also the date from which the two years available to complete the Master Programme are calculated.   

 

Venue for lectures

Lectures will be held online.

 

The optional residential phase will be held at the Scuola Sant’Anna’s main campus in Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 33, Pisa, Italy. Access to the building is allowed from 8.00 am to 07.30 pm.

 

During the optional residential phase study rooms may be requested by the students following reservation through their tutor.

Calendar of modules

At the beginning of the Programme students will receive a tentative calendar for the delivery of the different modules. The calendar may be modified due to specific teaching requirements or teachers’ availability. Any change will be regularly notified by email and on the MEPA platform.

 

Special training sessions for synchronous lectures, exams or events, group works or career coaching will be scheduled on specific dates and times and will be duly communicated at least two weeks in advance.

Attendance requirements

There are no attendance requirements for the online component.

 

Students that decide to include an internship in their Master Programme, at the end of the internship period, have to transmit to the Master’s secretarial staff an internship attendance register duly signed by the internship supervisor at the end of the internship.

 

Without prejudice to the provisions laid down by the General Rules and Regulations for the students of the courses of the Masters and Advanced Education Programs in terms of attendance requirements, students cannot miss more than 10% of the internship. In this way, they are allowed to submit a Master thesis of min. 7.000 max 10.000 words instead of a thesis of min 15000 max 20.000 words, as requested to students that decide not to include an internship in their Master Programme.

 

Similarly, students that decide to attend the optional residential phase, in order to earn the respective academic credits, they cannot miss more than 10% of the compulsory activities.

 

The Master’s secretarial staff reserves the right to make controls, in order to verify the presence in the internship place or in the venues of the optional residential phase.

Didactic requirements 

Moreover, special session exams will be held at the end of, or during, specific courses.

 

Such exams may consist of: multiple-choice test and essay questions, students’ individual and group presentations, simulation/role-playing exercises, virtual class debates on assigned topics, paper exams, proposal writing, with modalities that will be timely notified for each course.

Internship

Internships are encouraged but are not compulsory in order to earn the Master’s degree. Preferably by the end of the online phase of the Master Programme every participant that wish to undertake an internship, together with the Master’s Staff and the host Institution, will agree upon the place, period and theme of the project to be carried out during the internship.

 

Internships should last at least 300 hours and can be carried out during or, preferably, after the online phase.

 

Students that decide to include an internship in their Master Programme are allowed to submit a shorter Master Thesis as described in art. 8.

Master Thesis

Students who wish to undertake an optional internship, at the end of the internship, shall produce a Master Thesis of min. 7.000 max 10.000 words, including references and appendices, related to the content of the internship or related to the Master Programme which must be approved by a Committee appointed by the Rector of the Scuola.

 

Students who do not wish to undertake an internship shall produce a Master Thesis on a topic of interest related to the content of the Master Programme. The Master Thesis must be of min 15.000 max 20.000 words, including references and appendices and must be approved by a Committee appointed by the Rector of the Scuola.

 

The Master Thesis shall be developed with a rigorous research methodology and shall contribute to the creation of new knowledge and/or to the further development of existing knowledge on a topic related to the Master Programme.

 

The Master Thesis will be supervised by a member of the Academic Board, designed by the Director of the Master taking into due consideration  the topic under investigation. The supervisor can be suggested by the student but such designation must be approved by the Director of the Master.

 

The object under investigation shall:

  • Be a topic of general interest referring to institutions, juridical and administrative frameworks, or a social phenomenon related to electoral policy and administration;
  • Bring innovation to the doctrine, jurisprudence, legislation or administrative framework of the topics of the Master Programme;
  • Improve or innovate the methodology through which electoral issues are taught and explained;
  • Reinforce the principles and the aims of the MEPA partners (Scuola, UNITAR and Int. IDEA).

 

The deadline for submitting the Master Thesis is six months after the completion of the online component provided that the student does not exceed the two years available to complete the Master Programme.

 

 Students can discuss their Master Thesis online or during the graduation ceremony organised on the occasion of the optional residential phase in autumn or in spring.

Credits, assessment regulations 

A maximum of 67 credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the Programme, depending on evaluation results (exams) and regular attendance during the optional internship and/or the optional residential phase, in accordance with the Master’s Rules and Regulations.

 

15 credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the internship and positive evaluation of the Master Thesis (min 7.000 max 10.000 words) and its public defence or the positive evaluation of the Master Thesis (min 15.000 max 20.000 words) and its public defence. Up to 47 credits can be awarded for successful completion of the courses included in the online phase. The remaining 5 credits may be obtained by attending the optional residential phase.

 

2 to 4 credits will be awarded to individual modules (depending on the module), upon positive evaluation of the exam.

 

In case of failure of a course a referral exam will have to be taken. The modalities for the referral exams will be decided by the MA Director and timely notified. Failure in the Master Thesis is not permitted and will result in the degree not being awarded.

 

Participation in virtual classes and group works will be taken into account in the assessment of the student’s performance in each course.

 

Degree/certificate awarded

The Master degree is awarded to students who attain a minimum of 62 credits.

 

A Certificate of Completion for each module is awarded to students who attain the minimum number of credits foreseen for each module.

Discipline and Plagiarism

 While attending the Master Programme, students shall always behave honestly and respectfully towards all persons and structures/facilities, as laid down by the General Rules and Regulations of the Scuola, by the General Rules and Regulations for the students of the courses of the Masters and Advanced Education Programs, and by the Student Integrity Code of the Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (Annex 1). Suspected violations to the standards laid down in the above mentioned documents will be handled accordingly.

 

All work submitted as part of the requirements for any examination of the MA Programme must be expressed in the students’ own words and incorporate their own ideas and judgments. Plagiarism, that is the presentation of another person's thoughts or words as though they were a student’s own, must be avoided, and will be duly punished. Particular care should be taken in course-work, essays and reports. The Scuola reserves the right to use iThenticate plagiarism detection system. If caught with an act of plagiarism students can be expelled from the programme.

Didactic material

Didactic material will be made available in digital format (documents downloadable from the MA platform).

Modules’ Evaluation

Students are kindly required to provide, in an anonymous form, detailed evaluations of each online module of the Master Programme in regard to its accessibility, clarity, relevance, etc. Evaluations will be filled out online and the evaluation forms will be available on the platform. More instructions are to be provided at the beginning of the online phase.

 

Only students who have completed the modules’ evaluation forms will be admitted to the exams.

Additional services

Library: throughout the Master Programme, students will be given credentials to access the e-library of the Scuola Sant’Anna. During the optional residential phase students will be given a card, which entitles them to consult and borrow books, on the terms set forth by the Library Regulations.

 

           Students will also have access to UN libraries (physical and online libraries) and access to the UNITAR Community of Practice (COP). UN libraries constitute a strong network that share expertise, best practices and resources. These libraries have become important actors in the Organization’s information strategy. The UN Libraries are gateways to knowledge, thought and culture, facilitating the decision-making process within the Organisation.

 

Since 1946, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library of the United Nations Secretariat in New York has arranged for the distribution of United Nations documents and publications to users around the world through its depository library system. At present, there are more than 367 United Nations Depository Libraries in over 136 countries. Students will be able to consult the material free of charge at any of these depository libraries.

 

Also, for the optional residential phase:

 

Badges: Students attending the optional residential phase will receive a badge upon their arrival. The badge will be necessary to access the canteen services. The badge must be returned at the end of the optional residential phase.

 

Canteen: For the meals (lunches and dinners during class days or free days, including weekends) students have the possibility to buy a PIN code from the O.U. General Services.

 

Study space and computing services: Students attending the optional residential phase will be provided with a personal Username and Password, valid throughout the optional residential phase, which give them access to the various available computer rooms of the Scuola (at the times and on the terms set forth by the relevant Regulations) and to the wireless connection within the Scuola premises.

 

Mail: to be sent to: “Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Alta Formazione, Via Cardinale Maffi, 27, 56126 Pisa”, specifying “Master in Electoral Policy and Administration”, and the student’s name. Mails will be delivered during the lunch break or at the end of the afternoon classes during the optional residential phase. The Scuola cannot be responsible for re-directing or locating mail for you.

 

Fax: during the optional residential phase students can receive faxes at the number 050/882665, with “Master in Electoral Policy and Administration” written in the heading, along with the student’s name. Faxes will be delivered during the lunch break or at the end of the afternoon classes.

 

Telephone: for urgent incoming calls during the optional residential phase, students can use the number of the Master’s Secretariat (tel. no. 050-882653/55). Messages will be delivered during the lunch break or at the end of the afternoon classes.

 

Lockers: during the optional residential phase students can use one of the lockers on the first or second floor at the building in Via Cardinale Maffi 27. On request, the key of the locker will be given to the student against payment of 5 € by way of deposit. The deposit will be refunded on returning the key.

Tuition fee

The cost of the Programme, which includes participation in all online modules, webinars and other online activities, didactic material in electronic format, tutorship, career coaching and counselling, access to the libraries, is 10.000 €, payable in two instalments of 5.000 €. The first instalment is due within six months from the notification of admission; the second instalment must be paid within four months from the start date of the courses. Travel, accommodation and living expenses in Pisa during the optional residential phase and the optional internship are not included.

 

Candidates granted a partial scholarship must pay the remaining amount of the tuition fee in two instalments, as indicated in the letter of admission.

 

The cost of an individual module, which includes didactic material in electronic format, tutorship, access to e-library and any other virtual activities organised within the module, is 850 €, payable in one instalment before starting each module. Students admitted to attend one or more modules have to pay the instalment for the first module not later than 6 months after the receipt of the Letter of Admission.

Starting from the second module, a 10% discount on the fee of the second and third module is applied and a 15% discount is applied from the fourth module onwards.

 

The Master’s degree in Electoral Policy and Administration, as well as the Certification of Completion and the respective academic credits for individual modules will be released only to those who will have settled the tuition costs and have passed the exams as requested.

 

Evidence of payment must be timely sent to the Secretariat of the Master MEPA.

Student insurance

During the optional residential phase the Scuola Sant’Anna provides coverage to its students in the case of hospitalization due to an accident occurred in the School’s premises. It also provides coverage for injuries suffered by the student, for which the University is responsible.

 

The insurance also covers damage that students may cause to other people, things or animals in the School’s premises (tort liabilities).

 

Said insurance is valid only for Pisa and only during academic activities that are part of the optional residential phase of the MA programme, or during a journey or assignment outside Pisa required by the MA Programme.

 

Health insurance in Pisa during the optional residential phase, during the internship and during the online phase is the students’ responsibility.

Security

During the optional residential phase students are required to comply with the safety measures and rules in force at the School, home of the Course, in compliance with the aforementioned D. Lgs. No. 81/2008 and subsequent amendments. After determining the School's building and Classroom/s where the optional residential phase of the Master programme shall be held, a summary of said safety measures and rules will be disclosed by the U.O. Alta Formazione (in collaboration with the Head of the School's Protection and Prevention Service) to the individual participants through the material distributed on the day of the beginning of the optional residential phase, so that they are aware of it and their activities can take place in safe conditions.

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