Theses retrieval and reference
Access to theses
Postgraduate research theses
Final examined Postgraduate Research theses which have been made Open Access (non-embargoed) since 2010 are now available via the institutional repository, Pure, accessible via the Research Explorer.
Theses submitted prior to 2010, or which are currently embargoed, will not be available electronically via Pure.
If you wish to consult a pre-2010 thesis that is not available via the Research Explorer, please use Library Search to locate a thesis.
Older theses may be available electronically from the British Library's Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS), or in print format.
The Library is enabling the digitisation of a significant proportion of its pre-2010 print thesis collection via ProQuest. Access to this content will be available through Proquest ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global as well as through Library Search.
Print theses collection
A collection of print theses is held at the Joule Library in the Sackville Street Building. All print theses are reference-only and can only be used within the Library.
If you wish to consult a print thesis, you can make your request at the Joule Library service desk - advance requests are not necessary.
The print collection primarily consists of Doctoral theses, though in earlier years a wider range of theses, including a limited number of Masters dissertations, was retained.
Details of all theses, including those from the former Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST, can be found using Library Search.
In addition to the main collection at Joule Library, the Art and Archeology and Kantorowich libraries also hold print thesis collections. For contact details, and location and opening hours of all Library sites please visit:
For enquiries regarding electronic Postgraduate Research theses, please contact the Scholarly Communication team’s eThesis Support Service.
Enquiries relating to the Library's print theses collection should be sent via the Library's General Enquiries page.
Alternatively you can telephone us with your enquiry: