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Theses and Dissertations

University of Bradford Theses

PhD Theses

The Library Catalogue can be used to locate information about the University of Bradford PhD theses. The J. B. Priestley Library holds all theses in print and a growing number of digital theses may be viewed in full text online via the Bradford Scholars repository (theses submitted since 2009). 

Print copies of theses may only be consulted on Library premises and can be obtained via the library enquiry desk.

To find theses on the library catalogue:

  1. From the More Searches option on the top right choose Advanced Search.
  2. Type in a keyword for the topic which interests you.
  3. Choose Theses in the material type box.
  4. Double-click on the title which interests you.
  5. Follow the link to online full text in Bradford Scholars for theses submitted in or after 2009.
  6. Note the author, title and year of the work you wish to consult if it was submitted before 2009.
  7. Go to the Library counter to request to see the print copy if the thesis was submitted before 2009.

Masters' Dissertations

Masters' Dissertations submitted by University of Bradford students may be viewed online by members of the University. Off-campus access is only available to members of the university. Users will need their University of Bradford username and password to access dissertations off-campus.

NB! The Library provides access to the latest five years worth of MSc and MA dissertations. Apply to the respective department directly to enquire about possible access to print copies held locally.

Submission of Theses at Bradford

Guidance for the submission of theses at Bradford is available on the University website produced by the HUB.

British Universities Theses

The British Library's EThOS service provides full-text access to an ever growing number of digitised PhD theses from participating UK institutions. In order to download a thesis from EThOS you will need to register for an account. If a UK thesis is not listed as available to download from EThOS you can request it via the Inter-Library Loans service. The Inter-Library Loans service can request that an item to be digitised and added to the EThOS repository provided the institution participates in the scheme.

European Theses

European theses can be located and sometimes downloaded from DART-Europe E-theses Portal

American Dissertations

A large number of American Dissertations can be searched for on Google and Google Scholar and Proquest.

Canadian Theses

Canadian theses and dissertations, some available in full text, are accessible at Theses Canada.

Australasian Theses

Australasian theses and dissertations are available through the National Library of Australia: Trove service.


Other Useful Resources for locating Theses and Dissertations

Search for the topic which interests you. Use the "Narrow Results by" filter on the right of the screen to limit your results to Disserations & Theses only.

OpenDOAR This service, based on the Google Custom Search engine, lets you search the contents of the repositories listed for freely available academic research information.

Library catalogues, in particular COPAC and WorldCat may provide additional references to dissertations and theses. Links to both can be found on the Libraries and their Catalogues webpage 

For further help and information with finding theses and dissertations please contact your Subject Librarian.