Services of digital dissertations and theses in University of Helsinki
On this website, you will find information about the dissertations and theses of the University of Helsinki and the evaluation process and the publishing of theses.
Collection of dissertations and theses
The dissertations and theses of the University of Helsinki can be searched in the Library catalogue Helka. You can search Helka for both printed and digital theses.
The digital theses can also be found in Helda, the digital archive of the University of Helsinki. If the author has not given a permission to publish the thesis, only the abstract and the metadata are available in Helda. In this case, the full-text of the thesis can be read in the premises of the Helsinki University Library.
In the collections of Helsinki University Library, there are digital doctoral dissertations from the end of the 1990's onwards and the digital version is available for most of the doctoral dissertations that have been published in the 2000's. Only the summary part of the article-based dissertations is usually available. The articles of the dissertation can be searched from the library catalogue Helka, for example.
Since the middle of the 2010's, the number of the digital master’s theses available has increased strongly. The scope of the collection varies from one faculty to another. The theses that have been written during the past few years as a rule are available in digital format, either openly in Helda or in the premises of the library.
Every year the number of digital master’s theses in the collection increases with thousands of theses.
Publishing doctoral dissertations
The doctoral dissertations of the University of Helsinki are published in the open digital archive of the University of Helsinki, Helda.
Helsinki University Library manages the collecting of the information concerning the doctoral dissertations as well as the public defence of doctoral dissertations. The information gathered is utilized in the library and in the university communications.
You will find the more exact information related to the publishing and doctoral dissertation form in the instructions.
Submitting the master’s thesis for evaluation, evaluation process, and publishing the thesis
The master’s theses are submitted to E-thesis system for evaluation. The system is maintained by the Teaching and Student services of the University and Helsinki University Library. The evaluation process is managed in E-thesis system.
When the thesis has been evaluated and accepted in the faculty, it is possible for the student to give a permission to publish the thesis. The university recommends the open publishing of the thesis. The publishing gives the student the opportunity to promote the thesis and the thesis gets more visibility.
The abstract and other metadata of every thesis will be made available in the open digital archive Helda. If the student accepts the permission to publish, the full-text of the thesis will be available in Helda as well.
If the permission to publish has not been accepted, the thesis is available for reading only in the premises of the library.
The evaluation statements of theses are archived in the appendices of the minutes of faculty meetings. When an evaluation has been completed, the statements are removed from the E-thesis system.
Submitting bachelor’s thesis for evaluation
In some faculties, the bachelor's theses are submitted for evaluation in E-thesis system. When the bachelor’s thesis has been evaluated, it will be archived in the E-thesis system.
The archived bachelor’s theses can be read only in the premises of the Helsinki University Library. The bachelor's theses, abstracts or metadata are not published in the open digital archive Helda.
The evaluation statements are archived in the Teaching and Student services of the University. The statements will be removed from a E-thesis system after the evaluation has been completed.
Publishing of Licentiate thesis
Also the Licentiate theses are published in digital form in the Helsinki University digital archive Helda. When you want to publish your Licentiate thesis, please contact the Helsinki University Library (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Evaluating of theses
Both the staff of the University of Helsinki and the outside evaluators can use the E-thesis system when evaluating theses.
Please find here more exact instructions about how to use the E-thesis system for evaluating theses.