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Theses retrieval and reference

Access to theses

Manchester doctoral theses have been submitted electronically since 2010, and Open Access theses are available digitally via the University’s Research Explorer:

The Library is also enabling the digitisation of a significant proportion of its pre-2010 print thesis collection via ProQuest:

Some older theses are still available as a print collection, 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:

Thesis enquiries

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:

For enquiries regarding electronic Postgraduate Research theses, please contact the Scholarly Communication team’s eThesis Support Service.