Permission for defence and publishing
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Did your doctoral dissertation receive approving statements from the preliminary examiners? Congratulations! Under this theme, you will find instructions aimed at doctoral candidates who have been granted the permission to proceed to public examination. Instructions on the public examination and the grading of dissertations, as well as graduation are available under separate themes.
Permission for public defence – start here!
The right to defend a doctoral thesis in a public defence means that your doctoral thesis meets the minimum requirements and that your faculty has granted you the right to have your thesis printed and to start the preparations for your public examination.
Usually, the grading committee is appointed in the same Faculty Council meeting where permission for public defence is granted. When necessary, the appointment can be deferred to a subsequent meeting.
Accessibility of doctoral theses
Accessibility means taking human diversity into consideration in digital services. In other words, it corresponds to accessibility in the physical world.
Publishing the dissertation and communications
To ensure the visibility, impact and open accessibility of doctoral dissertations completed at the University of Helsinki, they are published in the E-thesis service and stored in the digital repository HELDA.
Publicizing the event
Doctoral thesis communications constitute a whole where the doctoral candidate independently communicates on their research and, in certain cases, collaborates with University communications.
Arranging the public defence
Once you have been granted permission for a public defence , it is time to set the date and begin the arrangements for the public examination. The selected public examination method affects the process of setting the date and other arrangements.
Language revision of dissertations
It is important to ensure that dissertations are not unfairly overlooked in the scientific community due to shortcomings in linguistic expression. The doctoral candidate has the responsibility to see to it that the language of the dissertation fulfils academic publishing standards.
Costs related to defending your thesis
There are many kind of expenses related to publishing and defending your doctoral thesis. Some of the costs are covered by the university, but some are your own responsibility. For some expenses, the university offers financial support.