EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)

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The EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) has been developed by the EThOS partnership, comprising of several UK Higher Education Institutions and the British Library with funding from JISC, RLUK and the HE partners. The website allows free access to the full text of UK doctoral theses that have been digitised.

EThOS allows you to search over 250,000 doctoral theses records, download the full text of any thesis that has been digitised, and order for downloading any thesis from one of the participating institutions. A list of Higher Education Institutions taking part is available on the website.

The ordering service is normally free, depending on the supplying institution’s policy.


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 continue with the request, please complete a Document Supply online request form.

For all Masters theses and dissertations complete a Document Supply online request form as these are not available through EThOS. For all international theses, complete a document supply request as normal. View the FAQ about eThOS.

A user guide for this Using eThOSPDF icon is available.

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