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Refugee and Forced Migration Studies: Theses

Subjects: Refugee Studies


This is just a selection of sources; go to the Theses and Dissertations LibGuide to find detailed information on searching, requesting, acquiring, and copying theses & dissertations the Bodleian Libraries and beyond.

Theses & dissertations in the Bodleian Libraries

The SSL holds a number of Masters dissertations and PhD/DPhil theses from various universities on refugee studies related topics.  They are catalogued on the Oxford Libraries' catalogue SOLO and should be requested from the Issue Desk.

The SSL also holds some dissertations for the M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration.  These can be found through SOLO and are located within the main Theses section.

Due to the multi-disciplinary nature of refugee studies, relevant theses and dissertations may be written by students of several different departments within Oxford.  Detailed information on finding Oxford theses is available here.

Increasing amount of Oxford theses are available electronically on ORA (the Oxford Research Archive).

Universities' Repositories

Oxford Research Archive

Contains a growing collection of digital copies of successful Oxford theses submitted as part of research degree awards. The full content of as many theses as possible are made freely available to be accessed via the Internet.

Oxford eTheses

Information on copyright, how to deposit your thesis in ORA and other important matters.

White Rose eTheses Online

An online repository of doctoral theses from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is part of a national - and international - network of open access online databases promoting access to research outputs so that they can be found, read, cited and built upon.

Searching for Theses

You can search for Oxford MPhil and DPhil theses in your subject area on SOLO.

Simply search for "thesis [your subject] oxford" to find MPhil theses or "dphil [your subject] oxford" plus any keywords if you are interested in DPhil theses from the Department.

Selected MPhil theses are available in the Social Science Library.

DPhil theses can be requested (ASR via SOLO) from the Bodleian Bookstack to the Weston Library for consultation.

You can also search or browse various catalogues:


Union catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of members of the Consortium of Research Libraries.​


Union catalog of digital resources.

General Resources

Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global

A collection of works from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along wtih some works written prior to 1997.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

An international organization supporting electronic publishing and open access to scholarship.


The European working group of NDLTD aims to provide researchers with a single European Portal for the discovery of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs).

Open Access Resources

EBSCO Open Dissertations

Provides a single search interface to locate open-access theses and dissertations from hundreds of universities, mostly in the UK and US. The full-text of theses may be downloaded by following the link to the institutional repository where the thesis is held.

DART-Europe E-theses Portal

A partnership of research libraries and library consortia working together to improve global access to European research theses.

Dissertations of China

The interface allows you to search for and view basic bibliographic details for theses and abstracts. Full text is available for the vast majority of entries but not all theses. Where full text is unavailable, you are advised to consult your subject librarian.

EThoS: e-theses online service

A service from the British Library aims to provide a national aggregated record of all doctoral theses awarded by UK Higher Education institutions, and free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by researchers.
To facilitate access to the material EThOS provides a digitisation on demand service.

National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan

You can search for and view basic bibliographic details for theses and abstracts. A personal registration is necessary to be able to download full text theses from this website. Where full text is unavailable, you are advised to consult your subject librarian.

National Library of Australia

A free repository of Australian material, including almost a million Australian theses.
See help on finding Australian theses.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

An international organization promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); supporting electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide.

OATD: Open Access Theses and Dissertations

A resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 3,429,635 theses and dissertations.
Also contains an index of over 2.4 million electronic theses and dissertations; to the extent possible, the index is limited to records of graduate-level theses that are freely available online.


Shodhganga is a full-text open access digital repository of Indian theses and dissertations.

Theses Canada Portal

A collaborative program aiming to acquire and preserve theses and dissertations from participating universities, provide free access to Canadian electronic theses and dissertations in the collection, and facilitate access to non-digital theses and dissertations in the collection.

Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa (TDX)

A digital cooperative repository of doctoral theses presented at some Spanish universities since 2007. The consultation of theses is opened and allows the user to construct searches on the complete text of the files by author, advisor, title, keywords, university and department of publication, year of submission, etc.