Doctoral theses / Dissertations

Ordering a printing and binding of a dissertation is easy. Send us the completed PDF document and we will do the rest for you.

Aalto University and the University of Helsinki have signed an agreement with Unigrafia for the service of dissertation clients. The contract covers consulting of doctoral candidates and taking care of printing and online versions of theses.

The university pays for the standard prepress work and a share of the printing costs agreed separately for each university.
The printing is done in our contract printing house, where the production is tailored to suit the needs of our dissertation clients. As a dissertation customer, you will also receive printing according to the pre-competitioned price list.

See below for Aalto University and University of Helsinki order information.

Q&A

We suggest allocating at least two weeks for the printing of the dissertation. In approximately 2–4 days after we have received the material, a draft will be sent for your approval.

After the approval, we require 5 whole working days for the printing and binding. The book will be delivered in 1–4 days depending on the chosen delivery method.

If Unigrafia provides the page layout, the delivery time is around 4–5 weeks. The specific time is defined based on the number of pages, figures, graphs and tables.


The price is calculated based on the number of pages, copies, use of color and additional services ordered for the book.

The estimated price of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Helsinki can be calculated by completing  Dissertation order form/calculater. The form provides an estimate of the final price of printing after the university’s printing support. The final price is also influenced by, for example, the amount of corrections made during the proofing phase.


The first page of the dissertation is the title page. If you write your dissertation for Aalto University, the initial pages, including the title page, will be created on the Publication platform. See more from Instructions on how to use the publication platform

All inner pages of the University of Helsinki’s dissertation are made by yourself. The first page, the title page, must include the name of the book and the candidate, as well as the date and place of the doctoral dissertation.

On the second page (behind the title page) you should place the book’s ISBN number (International Standard Book Number) for both printed and electronic publications. If your book is published in a series, the ISSN number (International Standard Serial Number) of the series is also written on the page. In that case, ask the editor-in-chief of the publication series for all numbers.

If your book is not published in any series, order ISBN numbers from the National Library. Mark your own university as the publisher of the book.

Aalto University’s dissertation orders are sent via the publication platform. University of Helsinki dissertations are ordered via the order form. See below for more detailed university-specific links. The common thing is that all material is always delivered as a PDF file ready for printing. We scale the pages, insert interleaves if needed, check the fonts and margis of pages. You can only send the material in Word format if you have ordered graphic design or page layout from us in advance

If there are separate publications (articles) in your dissertation, name them in the order as they will be in the printed product, for example:  1_Matin_dissertation.pdf, 2_Matin_art1.pdf, 3_Matin_art2.pdf and so on.  Also upload the files in the same order they are put in the book.


Aalto University

Doctoral theses of Aalto University’s have standard covers that are created on the publishing platform. You can get more detailed instructions from your university.

University of Helsinki

At the University of Helsinki, covers are generally typed in Unigrafia. Remember to check all texts on the PDF-proof , including the spine and back cover! With the order form, you choose which covers you want for your book.

Helsinki University cover

  • If the book is not published in any series, and you choose “Helsinki University cover”, we will type the covers into the cover template made for dissertations. The colors of the cover are determined by the faculty. If you attach a cover image to the files, we will choose a pictorial cover template. The size of the picture is about 11×18 cm (horizontal). About 3 mm is cut off from the right and bottom edge of the picture during the cutting phase. Check the printout that the image is correctly positioned.

Helsinki University series publication cover

  • If your dissertation is published in a publication series, enter the ISSN number of the series in your order, and we will automatically choose the covers on the correct base.

Own cover

  • A self-designed cover is also possible. We recommend using a professional graphic designer for your own cover, so that the cover file is not only technically functional, but also visually stylish. We are happy to consult about the use of the university logo in advance and calculate the width of the back for you.
  • If you have your own cover layout, please attach a file. The cover file must be a ready-to-print PDF file including a back cover, spine, and front cover with min. 3mm bleeds and cutting marks. If the file is not ready to print, any corrections made by Unigrafia will be charged separately.


We will send a proof in PDF format to your email. Read thoroughly especially all cover texts. Check also the order of the pages, page numbers and color pages. If you notice an error in a draft, send a new PDF of the pages to be changed as a reply to the message, and also write us a separate list of all corrections. You will receive a new print when the corrections have been made and the pages have been changed.

All the prepress steps must be done for the changeable pages, and after even a small correction, we must convert a new file to printing house. Therefore, the repair rounds always take at least half an hour. We charge for repairs based on the time spent on the work as an hourly charge of €107,26 (incl. VAT). The minimum charge for an extra repair round is half an hour,  €53,63 .

For alterations made when the material is already in print as well as other additional work, we charge an hourly rate 107,26 €/h, (VAT incl.).


Printed books are delivered approximately 6 days after the approval of the print.

Aalto University dissertations

We always send 6 of the books to the Finnish National Library. The rest to the books are delivered to Department address in Aalto University.  The university pays for the delivery to the department. The print house sends a message about the completion of the work automatically.

Dissertations of the University of Helsinki

Depending on the faculty, we send 6 or 7 of the books to the Finnish National Library and one to be presented to the university (display copy). The university pays for the delivery of the display copy. We will deliver the rest to the address you provided. This delivery is subject to a charge (62 euros). You can also pick up the books free of delivery costs from the PunaMusta press in Vantaa on weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm. The address is Koivuhaantie 2 A, 01510 Vantaa. The books are usually at the pick-up point the next business day after delivery. PunaMusta sends a message about the completion of the work automatically.

Unfortunately, the exact time of the transport cannot be booked separately and the driver does not call in advance; therefore make sure that there is a recipient present at the delivery address throughout the day. If the delivery address is in an apartment building with a door code, mark the check as the delivery address.

Dissertations are usually delivered by Posti to the door. If you choose pickup as the delivery method, the books can only be picked up on the business day following delivery.


Unigrafia delivers the electronic online version directly to the university library. All articles are included in the online version’s display copy (not in the public web). They will be removed from the public version by the library. The online version is only published on the day of the announcement: at Aalto University 10 days and at the University of Helsinki 5 days before the public examination.

Aalto-university

Publishing of Aalto University’s doctoral theses starts from Aalto’s own publication platform service. Aalto’s Learning Centre helps with publishing matters such as permissions and the use of the publication platform.

The cover design and layout for dissertations published in the Aalto publication series are designed using the Aalto publication platform. Unigrafia helps with the page layout. Instructions on how to use the publication platform and general information of Aalto University’s dissertations can be found on Aalto University’s website.

University of Helsinki

Doctorates from the University of Helsinki can order their dissertations directly from Unigrafia.

For further information on printing and publishing your doctoral thesis, please see the University of Helsinki Instructions for Students -service. When needed, you can also be in touch with the doctoral student services of your home faculty.

The University of Helsinki’s dissertation price calculator and order form is below.

Additional services

In addition to printing your dissertation, you can also order other dissertation-related services from Unigrafia.

For example, we offer graphic design and layout of a dissertation. Ask us also about image processing and data visualization; designing graphs and tables is our specialty. See more about our graphic services here.

You can also order a video recording of your dissertation from Unigrafia. See more about our streaming services here.

Helsingin yliopiston väitöskansio
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Additional services

In addition to printing your dissertation, you can also order other dissertation-related services from Unigrafia.

For example, we offer graphic design and layout of a dissertation. Ask us also about image processing and data visualization; designing graphs and tables is our specialty. See more about our graphic services here.

You can also order a video recording of your dissertation from Unigrafia. See more about our streaming services here.

Helsingin yliopiston väitöskansio
Väitöskirjan sivujen palkit