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.
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 theses using: the library catalogue, EThOS and BURA. The catalogue offers a comprehensive search for all Brunel University theses, print and online, but EThOS has the advantage that you can search using abstract words.
- 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 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 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 email@example.com .
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.
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 are participating 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.
Many universities around the world make their full text theses freely available on the web. You can search for all these e-theses using the Scirus search engine.
- Open Scirus
- Link to <Advanced search>
- Enter your keyword(s)
- Check the box for <Theses and Dissertations>
- Deselect <Journal sources>
- Link to the <Search> button
NDLDT (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations): Many universities belong to this consortium. NDLTD members are spread across many countries, but the majority is 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.
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology Online: This website provides an index to theses for music, musicology and cultural aspects of music. It is maintained by the American Musicological Society.
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: $37.00 for a PDF web download and $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.