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Theses held in UCL Library

University of London theses
The Library holds a copy of most research degree theses completed by students registered at UCL and awarded by the UoL, including many from students at Schools and Institutes prior to merger with UCL. Theses are listed by author on the Library catalogue, Explore, or are listed in the digitised card catalogue: they are shelved in our off-campus Store and may be retrieved for consultation (24hour notice required) by completing the Store request form or via the request link on Explore. Theses are not available for loan, either to individuals or via interlibrary loan.

Some UoL research degree theses submitted by UCL students in the areas of classical, Germanic, Latin American studies; history and law are not held: check the catalogue of the UoL School of Advanced Study for availability.

Note that no research theses are now held by the University of London Library.

UCL theses
UCL started to award its own degrees to students registering from 2007/2008. Print copies of research theses are catalogued by author in Explore and shelved in Store; electronic versions are in many cases available on open access in UCL Discovery.

Print copies of theses are not available for loan, either to individual members of the Library or via interlibrary loan.

The Library does not normally hold print copies of any theses in the following categories:

  • MA, MSc, MRes, LLM theses
  • Diploma theses
  • Undergraduate dissertations
  • Theses submitted at other universities or colleges

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Open access repositories containing the full text of selected research theses

A growing number of open access thesis repositories is becoming available including:

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Indexes of completed theses (access available to members of UCL only)

Dissertations and Theses lists PhD and some Masters theses completed at universities in the United States 1861 onwards. From 1976 some European theses have been included, and from 1989 coverage was extended worldwide; but this remains selective for most countries.

Index to Theses is a comprehensive listing of theses with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. Where available and known to the publisher a direct link to the full text is given.

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Obtaining copies of research theses

Many UK universities now decline to lend research theses. You may visit the awarding university (see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/otheraccess.shtml for information on access) or, increasingly, obtain an electronic version either from the university itself or from EThOS (see above).

Theses awarded by universities worldwide may be requested via UCL Library Services Interlending and Document Supply service. The normal charge for this service applies. Please note that theses are never available for loan: they must be consulted on Library premises only.

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Thesis binders

UCL Registry maintains a list of thesis binders at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/research_degrees/thesis_binding_submission

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