Theses

If you are writing a thesis, it's a good idea to look at what's been done in previous years. For example, looking at existing Brunel theses can show you the standard, layout and presentation, which is expected. Theses in your subject area may also provide useful information for your literature review and bibliography.

Finding Brunel theses

Finding British theses

Finding international theses

North American thesis delivery service

 

Finding Brunel theses

Theses submitted before 1st October 2008 are held in print on the third floor of the Library, arranged in alphabetical order by author. All theses presented to the Library after this date, and some earlier theses, are archived on BURA (Brunel University Research Archive).

You can search for Brunel University Library theses using: Summon (all print and online), the library catalogue, EThOS, and BURA. EThOS has the advantage that the search results will include words that appear in the abstract.

  • Catalogue: Link to the <Advanced Search> button, select the format <Theses> from the drop down menu, and enter keywords
  • EThOS: Link to <Advanced search>, enter Brunel (institution name), and enter keywords in fields as required (e.g. abstract, subject keywords, thesis title)
  • BURA: Link to <Browse by Communities & Collections>, and then select the theses for the appropriate school

It occasionally happens that a Brunel University London management thesis cannot be found on the library catalogue. The usual explanation for this is that the thesis was written by a Henley Management College student, and sent to the British Library at a time when Brunel University London accredited Henley Management College degrees. The College is now known as Henley Business School and is part of Reading University. If you want one of these theses, please apply directly to Henley Business School via library@reading.ac.uk.

The Library does not hold either Masters or final year undergraduate dissertations. If you are interested in such dissertations, please contact your School Administrator, as your school may keep examples from previous years. 

Finding British theses

EThOS (Electronic Theses Online System) offers access to an increasing number of full text UK theses. You can limit your search to those available for immediate download by checking a box. If you want to download a thesis, you will need to register, but you can search the database without registering.

If the full text of the UK thesis that you want is not immediately available on EThOS, you can order it via the EThOS system. The paper thesis may be digitised and made freely accessible to you and other researchers (but this is likely to take at least 30 days). However, not all British universities participate in EThOS, so in some cases you may be asked to pay a fee for the thesis’ digitisation. Please note that the records held on EThOS are not comprehensive. If you find a thesis that is not included in the database, follow the link directly below the Search box and submit your request to EThOS.

Finding international theses

Many universities around the world make their full text electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) freely available on the web. We recommend that you search the relevant institutional ETD repository first.

NDLDT (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) is a consortium to which many universities belong. NDLTD members are spread across many countries, but the majority are based in the USA. Virginia Tech, one of the founding members of the NDLTD, offers over 19,000 e-theses via Electronic Theses and Dissertations at VT.

Some theses and dissertations are also available on an open access basis via the PQDT Open website.

Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online provides an index to theses for music, musicology and cultural aspects of music. It is maintained by the American Musicological Society.

ABI Inform, available via our Databases A-Z, provides access to a selection of international business dissertations and theses. Select Browse from the top menu and then under 'More Featured Content' select Business Dissertations and Theses. You can browse by subject or by location, with coverage being particularly good for the USA and Canada. Other countries represented include Spain and Hong Kong. 

North American thesis delivery service

Dissertation Express: If you identify a useful US or Canadian thesis, which isn't available freely on the web, you could consider using Dissertation Express, which supplies North American theses, 1861 onwards. You should connect to Dissertation Express as an individual, because Brunel University is not an institutional member.

The Dissertation Express prices for theses are: USD 37.00 for a PDF web download and USD 49.00 for a paper copy via airmail (3-6 weeks delivery time). You could choose to use our inter-library loan service to request a paper copy via Dissertation Express, but the cost and delivery time would be the same. For the cheaper PDF version, you need to use the Dissertation Express service yourself.

Page last updated: Tuesday 18 November 2014