Doctoral Thesis

Every doctoral thesis must be deposited into Archive ouverte UNIGE as specified in the Insitutional Policy which rules the deposit and the dissemination of the scientific publications of the University.

Submit your Thesis

After acceptance, and once all the requested corrections are done, the secretariat of the faculty gives the new doctor an imprimatur.

In Archive ouverte UNIGE, the doctor must deposit:

  1. the electronic version of the thesis
  2. the imprimatur*
  3. the mode de publication* (only for the Science Faculty)

Attention, an abstract of 150 words must be entered in the web form during the deposit process. Prepare it beforehand, and make a scan of the imprimatur and the "mode de publication". For thesis written before 2010, we also request a simple authorization form.

* How to submit the imprimatur/mode of distribution?

  • Upload the file
  • Choose the File type "Appendix".
  • Enter in the Additional description field either "Imprimatur" or "Mode de diffusion".
  • Select "Closed" as Dissemnination level


Printes copies

Two printed copies of the thesis must be sent by internal mail, or by post to the following address (access to our office is not possible):

Université de Genève
Division de l'information scientifique
CODIS - Dépôt des thèses
28 bd du Pont-d'Arve - 4ème
1205 Genève

For more information, please read our Frequently asked Questions (in French). You can also send us an email: We answer to telephone calls Monday and Wednesday morning (022 379 71 14), and the other days (022 379 72 92).

Sign the contract

As the University has adopted the electronic signature for a number of documents, the signature of the Contrat de dépôt, d’archivage et de diffusion électroniques d’une thèse universitaire is done online (see a copy of the contract).

Concretely, in the days following the deposit of your thesis, you will receive an email from DocuSign inviting you to complete and sign electronically a dissemination contract for your thesis.

You will have access to this contract at all times on the DocuSign platform.

Get your Diploma

Once these steps have been taken, your file is sent to the University's Degree Office, which will send you your doctoral degree by registered mail. We cannot answer any questions regarding your degree. Please, contact them

Frequently asked Questions

Our Frequently asked Questions page (automatic translation) covers different matters as "Electronic submission", "Copyright", "File preparation" and other technical points.

See also

The two following sites are full of tips and tutorials on how to write and prepare a doctoral thesis: