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Royal Holloway PhD theses are listed on the library catalogue, these are not kept on the open shelves, and need to be requested from the Depository Library using the online request form. They are delivered to Founder’s Library, and may not be borrowed but will be kept there for as long as you need them.

All theses accepted for higher degrees (MPhil and PhD) in Britain and Ireland can be comprehensively searched on the Index to Theses on campus, or from off campus using CampusAnywhere.

Since October 2010, newly submitted theses have also been supplied in electronic form, and can be accessed via the College's research repository, Royal Holloway Research Online, and the College website.

If you are a current Doctoral student wishing to know more about thesis submission, please refer to the e-Thesis submission page.


A selection of Royal Holloway Masters theses are kept in Founder’s Library; they are all on the library catalogue, and the Master’s Theses filter option can be used to narrow results down to just these items. If the thesis does not appear on the catalogue, the Library does not hold a copy, but you could contact the departmental office to ask if they might have retained a copy.

Most British PhD theses are no longer supplied on inter-library loan, as they are now available through EThOS (Electronic Theses Online System). 

Anyone can search EThOS, you will need to register and login before ordering and downloading theses. Each user needs to personally have to accept the terms and conditions of supply and undertake not to quote the work without proper citation. There is normally no charge for online downloads, unless you make the first request for a thesis from an institution which is not sponsoring Open Access. In this case it may only be available if you are willing to pay for digitisation, which costs about £40. It is possible to pay for supply of theses on CD-ROM or other formats. The waiting time before a thesis not already on the system is available for download is about 30 days, but can be longer.

British theses not available via EThOS require two vouchers/voucher numbers plus a thesis declaration form. These theses will always be for use in the library only. Some British theses are available in the British Library’s St Pancras Reading rooms. To view a thesis there you will need a British Library reader’s pass – you will also need to check with British Library beforehand that it is available for you to consult. A few institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities, will not lend theses at all - in these instances there is no alternative to visiting the library of the awarding institution.

Virtually all American and some other foreign theses are indexed in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global database. Royal Holloway subscribes to PQDT, which provides online full-text access to a substantial number of theses from 1990 onwards. 

Some Canadian theses and dissertations are available online for free download at the Theses Canadaportal.This service also provides details of all Canadian authored theses, including theses submitted to U.S. universities.

European theses can be searched for usingDART - Europe E-theses portal. It does not contain everything, but has a substantial and steadily growing list of contributors.

For Music there is a subject service, Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology-Online. It does not contain the texts, but provides details of over 14,000 theses in Music from a wide range of countries, some of which cannot otherwise be traced.

Similarly, there is an Art & Design thesis collection, drawn mainly from Index to Theses data, called ADIT.



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