It is possible, and at some faculties even obligatory, to publish your Master's thesis not only on paper, but also electronically in the digital repository UvA Scripties Online, which is managed by the Library of the University of Amsterdam. Theses added to UvA Scripties Online are easily found online with Google, for example.
Policies for adding theses to UvA Scripties Online vary per faculty. Not all faculties add all (Bachelor) theses, and sometimes it is possible to place a thesis under embargo (i.e. is a period in which the thesis is not yet made available online). In the overview below, the conditions and policies are listed per faculty.
Please contact your own faculty if you have any questions about the inclusion of your thesis in UvA Scripties Online. For more information on copyright and your thesis, please see the students’ section of the Copyright Information Site.
Note: Do not forget to remove any personal information that you would not like to see published online (phone number, email address, home address) from the thesis version you hand in to UvA Scripties Online.
The Faculty of Economics and Business mandates that all theses are published publically.
Only in exceptional cases is it possible to defer from this requirement, and this must be requested from the Board of Examiners . This must be discussed with your tutor first.
Contact the Student administration desk.
The Faculty of Humanities requires students to submit their thesis via Canvas. More information can be found on: student.uva.nl/humanities > A-Z > Graduation > Thesis submission.
The guidelines for submitting your (Master) thesis at the Faculty of Law contain information on how your thesis is added to UvA Scripties Online. On the page listing the departmental coordinators, you can also find more information on thesis guidelines for the different study programmes.
The Faculty of Medicine does not have finalised policies for adding theses to UvA Scripties Online.
With the exception of Social Sciences (see below), at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, students are required to submit their thesis digitally to their study programme’s Student Desk. Where to submit your thesis online? Find out on the student site, choose your study programme, go the A-Z information pages and look for the entry ‘Graduation’ or ‘Thesis'. (at Psychology: in the student manual of the bachelor- and master thesis)
The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (the programmes at Psychology excluded) mandates that all Master's theses are published publically, with exceptions only on request by the student or teacher. Exceptions must be requested though the Board of Examiners of your study programme by this form: Request deferment of the public nature (confidentiality) of a thesis.
At Social Sciences, you should send your thesis in pdf-format, for archiving purposes, to the Student Desk of your programme. Please see the student site, choose your study programma, go to A/Z and ‘Graduation’. During graduation or when sending your thesis you may tell the Student Desk whether you want your thesis to be published in 'UvA Scripties Online'.
Besides UvA Scripties Online, the Faculty of Science uses Science in Progress. All students must first submit their thesis digitally via the Thesis Submit Wizard. How the thesis is handled depends upon the policy pursued by the study programme. Depending on the study programme, use one of the following links:
After the supervisor has checked the submitted thesis, it will be added to Science in Progress. In some cases the thesis will then also be added to UvA Scripties Online.
Policies for what is added to UvA Scripties Online vary per study programme. Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Psychobiology theses are always placed under embargo and for other study programmes the student or the supervisor determines if the thesis will be published in UvA Scripties Online.
Questions? Please contact Education Desk FNWI.