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Biological Sciences: Theses and Dissertations

Subjects: Biology, Zoology

Introduction

Theses and dissertations are documents that present an author's research findings, which are submitted to the University in support of their academic degree. They are very useful to consult when carrying out your own research because they:

  • provide a springboard to scope existing literature
  • provide inspiration for the finished product
  • show you the evolution of an author's ideas over time
  • provide relevant and up-to-date research (for recent theses and dissertations)

On this page you will find guidance on how to search for and access theses and dissertations in the Bodleian Libraries and beyond.

Definitions

Terms you may encounter in your research

Thesis:
In the UK, a thesis is normally a document that presents an author's research findings as part of a doctoral or research programme.

Dissertation:
In the UK, a dissertation is normally a document that presents an author's research findings as part of an undergraduate or master's programme.

DPhil:
An abbreviation for Doctor of Philosophy, which is an advanced research qualification. You may also see it referred to as PhD.

ORA:
The Oxford University Research Archive, an institutional repository for the University of Oxford's research output including digital theses.

Theses and dissertations

The Bodleian Libraries collection holds DPhil, MLitt and MPhil theses deposited at the University of Oxford, which you can consult. You may also be interested to read theses and dissertations beyond the University of Oxford, some of which can be read online, or you can request an inter-library loan.

Help with theses and dissertations

To find out more about how to find and access theses and dissertations in the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, we recommend the following:

Depositing your thesis

It is mandatory for students completing a research degree at the University of Oxford (registered to a programme of study on or after 1st October 2007) to deposit an electronic copy of their theses with the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) in order to meet the requirements of their award. To find out more, visit the Oxford University Research Archive guide.