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University Of Edinburgh Doctoral Thesis Or Dissertation

We hold theses presented for most higher degrees at the University of Edinburgh. Use this page to understand the different ways of locating theses of interest to you.

The CRC holds copies of all doctoral theses submitted to the university, as well as MPhil theses. Please note that Masters theses are not ordinarily submitted to the library but may be accessible through individual Schools.

Thesis Digitisation Project

In 2016 the library began a three year project to digitise approximately 15,000 PhD theses and make them accessible through ERA, the University's research archive. By the end of 2018 every University of Edinburgh thesis will be on ERA in a digital format. Further information can be found on the project webpage and the University's alumni news article.

What if the thesis I want is not on ERA?

Please contact the CRC to see if this item has already been scanned but not yet uploaded. In this instance we can provide a copy free of charge. If the thesis has not been scanned, we can provide an on-demand pdf for a charge of £40 + VAT where applicable. There is a 20% discount for UoE staff, students and alumni.

What if I have found the thesis on ERA but it does not allow me to download it?

Some theses on ERA are restricted as they contain commercially sensitive research or are pending publication. In these instances it may be possible to consult the physical copy at the CRC. Please contact the CRC to enquire about this.

Consultation regulations for physical copies of theses

Theses can only be consulted at the holding library (e.g. the CRC). Theses at the CRC may not be taken out on loan and they are not available as Inter-Library Loans.

Where a thesis record shows ‘RESTRICTED’, consultation is prohibited unless the enquirer obtains written permission from the author, which must then be counter-signed by the author’s head of department. An author can restrict a thesis for a period not exceeding 5 years after graduation.

Copying regulations

Theses may not be photographed or photocopied by users.

If you are consulting a thesis at the CRC, staff can photocopy up to 20 pages. Please note a fee applies.

Undergraduate final honours year dissertations for Psychology dating from 1947 are held in the Library

These dissertations are available on request from the Librarian. A card index for older undergraduate dissertations is available in the Library.

Dissertations are not publicly available until one academic year after their original submission. Since 2008 dissertations are available as full-text documents online in the Edinburgh Research Archive (ERA). EASE login required to see full-text.

Edinburgh Research Archive

Undergraduate dissertations

Postgraduate dissertations

PhD theses are held in the Centre for Research Collections. Those submitted after 1984 can be found on the  University Library catalogue DiscoverEd.

Postgraduate MSC Psychology dissertations from 1998-2004 are held in the Psychology & Philosophy Library. They are available on request from the Librarian.

Dissertations are not available publicly until one academic year after their original submission. Dissertations submitted electronically from 2006 onwards are held online in the Edinburgh Research Archive (ERA).

Edinburgh Research Archive

The Library also has various databases useful for accessing  dissertations and theses worldwide

Theses databases