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 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 in BURA, Brunel University London's research archive. 

You can search for Brunel University London theses using: Library Search (all print and online) BURA (online only) and the library catalogue (most print and some online). Brunel theses also appear in the British Library's collection of theses, EThOS, which has the advantage that keywords from the abstract are included in EThOS search results.

  • Library catalogue: Go to Advanced search, select the format Theses from the drop down menu and enter your keywords
  • EThOS: Go to Advanced search, enter Brunel (institution name) and keywords in fields as required (eg abstract, subject keywords, thesis title)
  • BURA: Go to Browse by Communities & Collections, and then select the theses for the appropriate department.

Not all Brunel University London theses will appear on the library catalogue, and so you should also try searching using Library Search, EThoS and BURA. 

If you are looking for a management thesis, please note that some of these appear in the British Library's records as Brunel theses, but were written by students at Henley Management College at a time when Brunel accredited their degrees. Henley Management College is now called Henley Business School and is part of Reading University. If you want one of these theses, please apply directly to Henley Business School via

The Library does not hold either Master's or undergraduate dissertations. If you are interested in these, talk to your tutor or College administrators as your department may keep examples from previous years. 


Finding British theses

EThOS, the British Library's Electronic Theses Online System, gives access to a large 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 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. 

Resources for finding theses:

NDLDT (The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations) is a consortium of universities from many countries, with the majority based in the USA. Resources for finding electronic theses and dissertations are listed here. Virginia Tech, one of the founding members of the NDLTD, offers over 19,000 e-theses via Electronic Theses and Dissertations at VT.

PQDT Open, run by ProQuest, offers free online access to some full text theses and dissertations.

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 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 choose 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 freely available online, you may wish to use Dissertation Express, which supplies North American theses, from 1861 onwards. You should connect to Dissertation Express as an individual, because Brunel is not an institutional member.

Dissertation Express prices for theses (correct as at February 2015) are USD 38.00 for immediate PDF download, and USD 39.00 for an unbound paper copy (delivery in 3-6 weeks). You could choose to use our inter library loan service to request a paper copy via Dissertation Express, but the cost and delivery would be the same. If you need a PDF version, you must use the Dissertation Express service yourself, as these may only be supplied to the requester directly for legal reasons.

Page last updated: Wednesday 30 September 2015