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University Library

Discovering Theses and Dissertations

Durham Theses

Durham E-theses Durham University Library is in the process of digitising its extensive collection of PhD, MPhil and Research Masters dissertations from 1899 onwards. Once digitised, the full text of these dissertations will be made freely available for anyone to read via the Durham University's e-theses service.

The service enabling you to borrow printed theses is currently suspended in order to scan the entire collection. Theses published before 1st October 2009 which have not already been scanned will not be available to view until they have been added to Durham e-Theses. Please see the news item for further information.

Searching the catalogue for Durham theses

When searching the catalogue via the advanced search you can limit to just theses by clicking on the down arrow next to Full Catalogue and selecting Durham Theses.

Find Durham theses by subject

You can also browse theses by subject using the following drop-down menu


UK and Irish Theses

EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)

Many UK institutions support Open Access policy for their theses and offer free access to digital and digitised theses for researchers. EThOS harvests digital theses from institutional e-theses databases and digitises paper theses from EThOS participating institutions.

Registration is required to download e-theses or to request theses from participating institutions to be digitized.

Some theses are only available for a fee: if this is the case then place a DDS request via the thesis request form and we will either borrow the thesis (see UK Universities' policies on lending) or arrange for a subsidized request.


Index to Theses (now part of Proquest Theses and Dissertations collection)

Index and abstracts of theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1716. 

Index to Theses features thesis abstracts only. However, many records feature links to downloadable theses and in the case of all entries there is advice on obtaining full text.


Worldwide Theses and Dissertations

The Open Access repository OAIster provides online access to many institutional repositories, which often include doctoral theses in the same way Durham e-Theses provides access to the full text of Theses produced at Durham University. This database also contains journal articles, reports and book chapters, so to narrow your search to theses only, enter 'thesis' as the content type.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses - Full text provides searchable citations to dissertation and theses from around the world (mainly North America) from 1861 to the present day together with over a million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. Over 2.1 million titles are available for purchase as printed copies. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.

DART-Europe Access to open access research theses from 405 Universities sourced from 20 European countries.

NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations. 

Trove Autralian Digital Theses  or Trove All Australian Theses

Theses Canada

South African Theses and Dissertations


Requesting international theses

 If you are unable to find an electronic copy of a thesis from outside the UK please fill in a Document Delivery thesis request form. We will endevour to find an institution that stocks the thesis, but cannot guarantee that we will be able to supply a copy.

Please Note

Information on this page relates to the 2017-18 academic year