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Open Access for Theses: how to deposit

Candidates for UCL research degrees are required to deposit an electronic copy of their final thesis in UCL's Research Publications Service (RPS), to be made open access in UCL's institutional repository, UCL Discovery. They must also submit a print copy to the Student Centre, to be made available for consultation in the Library. 

Theses are amongst the most highly-downloaded items in UCL Discovery. Making your thesis open access will mean that it is accessible worldwide, to anyone who wants to read it. 

Read and follow the guidelines in each of the sections below to make sure that you deposit your thesis successfully. Your degree will not be awarded until you have deposited your thesis. 

General information for research degree candidates is available on UCL's Current Students website.

Step by step guide

1. Check copyright and personal data
2. Decide on access
3. Prepare your documents
4. Deposit your thesis