UK theses on EThOS
The Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS) run by the British Library allows access to the full text of many digitised UK doctoral theses. You may search the service freely, but in order to download a thesis you must first register. You can request that volumes not already available are digitised as well.
The ordering service can be free, depending on the supplying institution’s policy. Where a fee is charged the library will reimburse you, and deduct the appropriate amount from your quota. You can also request theses in other formats (e.g. hardcopy) but any fee charged will be payable by yourself and cannot be covered out of your ILL quota.
There are a few UK Higher Education Institutions whose doctoral theses are not available through EThOS. In this case you will see a message informing you that the thesis is not available. If you wish to read one please complete a document supply online request.
Non-doctoral and international theses
For all UK Masters theses and dissertations or any international theses complete a document supply online request as these are not available through EThOS. The quota cost of obtaining international theses and dissertations may be higher than a normal request, but we will notify you in this eventuality.
Guidance on finding theses around the world is available.