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Publishing your thesis

Are you writing a thesis? When you're done, you may want to publish it online. It will then be available through UvA Scripties, a digital platform set up by the University Library where your thesis will be easy to find – even via Google.

As the author, you hold the copyright to your own thesis. You are therefore free to decide for yourself whether your thesis should be publicly available or not. The UvA (and most of its faculties) stimulate the open-access publication of theses in order to disseminate knowledge through all layers of society and provide an insight into the UvA's teaching.

Most degree programmes require you to upload the final version of your thesis to Canvas. Just before you do, you must complete a questionnaire on Canvas with questions on a number of specific points to bear in mind when publishing your thesis.

Tip: make sure you ponder these points in good time – don't leave it until the last moment.

Click here to open a sample quiz (PDF, 128kb)

Instruction video | How do I publish my thesis?

Download the video script including instructions in English (pdf, 159kb)

Faculty Information

See below for additional publication information for each faculty:

  • Faculty of Humanities (FGw)

    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.

    Thesis Type:

    • Bachelor: submission requirement via Canvas; theses are not made publically available.
    • Master: submission requirement via Canvas; public availability is elective, under embargo is possible.

    View published theses at UvA Scripties Online.
    Questions? Please contact Education Desk Humanities.

  • Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA)

    The Faculty of Medicine does not have finalised policies for adding theses to UvA Scripties Online.

    • Type: only Master's theses are added
    • Requires public availability: unknown
    • Embargo: unknown
    • Contact: mail to Marjan Schumacher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)

    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.

    • Type:
      - Bachelor: required to submit  (digitally) through the student desk; theses are not made publicly available.
      - Master: required to submit digitally (masters at Psychology excluded) through the student desk; theses are made publicly available.
    • Requires public availability: Bachelor thesis: no. Master thesis: yes (masters at Psychology excluded)
    • Embargo: possible, with a maximum of 5 years

    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'.

    Theses at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

    Ms P.A.M. (Paulien) Bosch

    FMG contact for Scripties Online