Theses and dissertations

The library holds a large number of Bristol theses and dissertations, including many PhD and doctoral theses. Read our advice about how to locate theses from other institutions, both in the UK and internationally.

University of Bristol theses and dissertations

To find a University of Bristol thesis:

  • Use Library Search as if you were trying to find a book, using either the author's name, the title or a combination of the two. When your search results display, you can refine your search by using the Resource type - Thesis option;
    • If the thesis is held in the Research Reserve, it can be requested using the 'reserve a copy' button.
  • If the thesis is not on Library Search and it is pre-1978 it is worth checking the Card Catalogue Online.
  • See below for details of how to access theses held in our other library sites.
  • Recently submitted theses may be listed on Explore Bristol Research though information about these is regularly added to Library Search.

UK and international theses

Information about many UK and international theses can be found via Library Search. If the thesis you are interested in is not available online, you can use our inter-Library Loan service. Non-UK theses can be difficult to obtain: in some countries, universities are working together to make full text electronic collections available:

Submit a thesis

Advice on how to submit a thesis for a higher degree can be found on the Presenting and submitting your dissertation for examination page. Information on how to submit a thesis to the library can be found on the Library's own Thesis Guidance pages.

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