Students following a postgraduate research programme at the University of Oxford are required to deposit a hardcopy and a digital copy of their thesis.
The hardbound copy should be deposited with the Examination Schools to be then stored in the Bodleian Collection.
How to find an Oxford thesis
Search SOLO for print and digital theses. In the search box Oxford Collections, you can add "thesis University of Oxford" to the thesis title or with your keywords. Alternatively, run the search and select "Theses" from Limit your search menu.
You can narrow theses result by department. In the search box Oxford Collections, type "Theses Department of Biochemistry".
SOLO displays ORA digital theses records. However, full text may not be available because some theses are under an embargo. Theses embargo can last between 1 and 3 years. Printed theses are rarely embargoed. If the digital version is not available, check if the printed version is in SOLO. You can request to view the printed version of an embargoed digital thesis.
Consulting printed theses
You will be required to sign the Copyright declaration form before consultation. A written permission from the author of the thesis is required for making printed or digital copies including personal digital photography or for quoting in a publication.
Here is an example of the same thesis available in print with its digital copy under embargo:
Printed thesis available to consult Click Find and Request to view location and request it to the Radcliffe Science Library.
ORA (Oxford University Research Archive) for digital theses. A number of recent theses and dissertations prepared at Oxford are available to download from the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Help on using ORA can be found here: Search tips
Services for finding other British theses
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses — UK & Ireland for theses from British and Irish universities as far back as 1716.
EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service from the British Library.
Both services provide abstracts for most theses and some full-text downloads.
Services for finding theses from any other universities
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, where you can see a preview before purchasing the full text.
DART-Europe E-theses Portal - gives access to open access research theses from 564 Universities in 28 European countries.
The RSL contains physical copies of Oxford theses and MSc dissertations. These can be obtained by searching the catalogue (using SOLO) and placing a hold/stack request.Some biological sciences theses such as those from Zoology are available on the open shelves on Level 2 of the Library.