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Theses and Dissertations: UK PhD Theses

Are you a BU PhD Researcher submitting your thesis?

Use our Postgraduate Researchers: Submitting your Thesis Guide for advice and instructions.

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Using UK PhD Theses in EThOS

Obtaining Theses

  • Thesis and Dissertation databases can be accessed via this BU Library webpage.
  • If a thesis is not available full text online then it may be possible to obtain via the Inter-Library Loan service. The clarity of your request is enhanced if you attach a printout of the source details e.g. a record from one of the databases.

Bournemouth University PhD Theses

  • Most Bournemouth University PhD theses are available full text open access via the University’s online repository BURO.
  • Print versions of PhDs, MPhils and Research Masters dissertations completed by BU researchers are held in the Library and can be searched for using the Library Catalogue. They are held under a closed access arrangement on the ground floor of The Sir Michael Cobham Library, Talbot Campus. Please ask at the Library Help Zone if you wish to apply for access.


  • Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) is the British Library service which provides full text open access to digital copies of UK PhD theses. The EThOS database contains records of over 250,000 UK theses, with the added functionality of being able to request access to digital copies of selected theses that have not already been digitised.
  • Personal registration on EThOS is required to be able to download theses. Bournemouth University is an Open Access Sponsor of EThOS, so all BU theses are indexed.
  • Theses which are already available to download have a pdf attached to the record. For those theses that do not have a pdf attached, you should select the record to check Availability of Full Text – there are 3 possible scenarios:
  1. The home institution will pay the digitisation cost and access will be free.
  2. The home institution will digitise the thesis, but you will be charged.  In these cases you should consult your supervisor as to how important the thesis is to your research and consider requesting payment via the Inter-Library Request Service.
  3. The thesis is not available via EThOS service. Please contact the current institution's library directly if you wish to view the thesis.