Please note that anyone consulting an Oxford thesis or dissertation is required to sign a declaration recognising that the copyright of the thesis rests with the author and that no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior consent of the author.
A thesis or dissertation is an unpublished work therefore no copyright exceptions apply which let you copy. However, for the MSc dissertations held in the Education Library, the authors have agreed to permit limited copying of their thesis by individuals (no more than 5% or one chapter) for personal research use.
Copying from an Oxford thesis, even of a single page, may require the author's written permission. For more information about the copyright of Oxford theses and how to obtain copies of or from an Oxford thesis please follow the links or ask us.
Limited copying is possible (no more than 5% or one chapter) for personal research use. No quotation or information derived from an MSc dissertation may be published without the written consent of the author of the dissertation. Please ask library staff or the Higher Degrees office if you wish to contact an author.
On SOLO - just add the word thesis to your searches. For instance, if you search for oxford thesis education using the Oxford Collections search filter, you will get a large selection of theses & dissertations on educational topics. The results will include both Masters dissertations and Doctoral theses and come from various departments including the Department of Education.
If you add "department of education*" then the search will bring back theses & dissertations produced in the Department of Education. The asterisk at the end of 'education*' ensures the results will include older theses dissertations from when the Department was called Educational Studies.
You could try adding particular research methods, e.g. "department of education*" thesis case study using the Oxford Collections search filter but be aware that most older dissertations have not yet been catalogued with any information about research methods used.
A growing number of Oxford theses & dissertations are available online, but often only several years after submission. These will be included in the results of your SOLO searches once the author has deposited their thesis or dissertation into ORA.
MSc Education, ALSLA and TELUS students are asked to submit a hard copy of their dissertation. This is donated to the library and catalogued on SOLO.
On the open shelves in the Education Library you will find all MSc Education, ALSLA and TELUS dissertations submitted in the last 3 years. Also on the open shelves are many older dissertations which received distinctions. Dissertations since 2008 that received a distinction are marked with a red dot on the spine.
MSc dissertations are shelved on the far wall of the Reference Reading Room. These are for consultation in the library only and cannot be borrowed.
MSc dissertations are grouped first by course, e.g. ALSLA, Higher Education, and within each course are arranged alphabetically by author’s surname.
To search for MSc dissertations on SOLO type: "department of education*" thesis M.Sc. using the Oxford Collections search filter. Most of the results will be our dissertations.
You could also include author surnames or keywords in your search.
A list of the titles, authors and supervisors of the more recent Department of Education MSc Education and ALSLA dissertations is available from this page. A printed list is also available within the library.
Other older MSc dissertations are stored in the Bodleian Closed Stack. They can be requested to the Education Library (or any other Bodleian Libraries Reading Room) and consulted there (not borrowed).
DPhil theses are stored in the Bodleian Closed Stack. They can be requested to the Weston Library and consulted there (not borrowed).
To search for departmental DPhil theses on SOLO type: "department of education*" thesis D Phil using the Oxford Collections search filter.
Note that it is important to include a space between the 'D' and the 'Phil'. You could also include author surnames or keywords in your search.
In recent years DPhil candidates have been required to deposit an online copy of their thesis with ORA. These can be found via SOLO in the same way as described above. Note that some may be subject to an embargo period, therefore full text may not be available online for some years after deposit. In all cases, a hard copy should be available for consultation in the Weston Library via SOLO.
A list of the titles, authors and supervisors of the more recent Department of Education DPhil theses is available from this page. A printed list is also available within the library.
Supervisors in the Department have also made a short list of ‘recommended theses’ that students can draw on for inspiration about layout, format and more substantive issues. The list includes some DPhil and MSc theses with the reason for recommendation, e.g. substantive, methodological, well written etc.
MSc Education and ALSLA students: you are required to submit printed copies of your dissertation but you may also want to consider uploading an optional online version to ORA - Oxford's Research Archive. You cannot do this immediately as you will need to wait until you know you have definitely passed but click here when you are ready.
Some of the benefits include:
Benefits for authors
Benefits for the University and wider society
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