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Durham University

Open Research

PG students and eTheses

PhD students must deposit a PDF of their thesis in Durham e-Theses, the University's open access etheses repository. Durham e-Theses contains the full-text of Durham University Higher Degree theses passed after 1 October 2009 and an extensive collection of PhD, MPhil and Research Masters dissertations from 1899 onwards. Select the topics below to view further information and guidance.


Should you have reason to place an embargo on your thesis in Durham e-Theses, please doownload, complete and email the Restricting Access to your Thesis form to the Graduate School at Your request must be authorised by both your primary Supervisor and Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research.

Please contact the Graduate School with any enquiries about thesis submission and examination.

The Durham University Open Access policy not only applies to academic staff but also to Postgraduate Research students, if they publish in scholarly peer-reviewed publications.

Details of how to deposit in Durham Research Online (DRO) - Durham University's institutional open access repository - are in the DRO Deposit Guide. However, deposit is via the University's separate, but integrated system called the Staff Profile system. If you have the necessary permissions you will be able to connect to the Profile system using your ITS username and password. Please contact your Departmental Administrator should you fail to login.

Note that if you are off-campus, you need to access the Profile system via either the CIS Virtual Private Network (VPN) or AppsAnywhere. Further details at