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Uk Theses And Dissertations

OU theses and dissertations

Online theses

Are available via Open Research Online.

Print theses

Search for OU theses in the Library Search. To see only print theses click 'In the Walton Hall library' and refine your results to resource type 'Thesis'.

You may be able to borrow a consultation copy of a thesis if you are able to visit the OU Library in person. If you would like to access a hardcopy thesis we require 24 hours notice. Please contact the Library helpdesk giving the author and title of the thesis.

UK theses and dissertations from EThOS

The Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS) offers free access to the full text of UK theses.

  • EThOS offers a one stop online shop providing free access to UK theses
  • EThOS digitizes theses on request into PDF format, this may require payment
  • EThOS is managed by the British Library in partnership with a number of UK universities
  • EThOS is open to all categories of library user

What does this mean to you as a library user?

When you need to access a PhD thesis from another UK based HE institution you should check EThOS to either download a thesis which has already been digitised or to request that a UK thesis be supplied to you.

  • For all UK theses EThOS will be the first point of delivery. You can use the online ordering and tracking system direct from EThOS to manage your requests for UK PhD theses, including checking the status of your requests
  • As readers you will deal directly with EThOS so will not need to fill in a document delivery request
  • OU staff and research students will still be entitled to access non-UK based PhD theses by filling in a document delivery request
  • In some cases where EThOS is unable to supply a UK thesis OU staff and research students will be able to access it by filling in a conventional document delivery request. The thesis will be supplied through direct loan
  • The EThOS system is both faster and cheaper than the previous British Theses service which was based on microfilm
  • The British Library no longer arranges interlibrary loans for UK PhD theses
  • Interlibrary Loan procedures for other types of request from the British Library (articles and books for example) will remain the same

If you have any queries about using EThOS contact the Document Delivery Team ( or the Library Helpdesk).

Find University of Leeds theses

You can find PhD and doctoral theses from the University of Leeds using our Library search.

The simple search allows you to search by subject and filter by “Library Catalogue” and “Dissertation”. Use the advanced search if you want to search by title or author.

Theses are kept in the Library stores. To access a print thesis, select “In Store – Request here” in the record. We will email you when it is available. Please allow at least 48 hours.

Theses cannot be taken out of the libraries.

Find Leeds theses online

Search White Rose eTheses Online for online theses from the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York.

Digital copies of Leeds theses may also be available through the Electronic Theses Online Service provided by the British Library.

Please note that some theses are unavailable as the research is commercially sensitive or confidential.

Find a UK thesis

Search for theses from other UK institutions using the Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS), which is provided by the British Library.

You can also find UK theses on the Index to theses database. The database contains titles and abstracts of theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland.

If you cannot find the thesis using these services, our Document Supply service may be able to help.

Find an international thesis

Non-UK theses can be very difficult to obtain. In some countries, universities are working together to make full-text electronic collections of theses available via the web.

Try the following databases:

Unfortunately, most requests made through our Document Supply service are unsuccessful

Purchase access to a thesis

You can also buy theses through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database if they are not available by any other means.

The database has international coverage of PhD and Masters theses from 1861 to the present. Theses published since 1980 include author abstracts, and some titles are available in full text.