We provide access to University of York PhD/MPhil theses and Masters dissertations for members of the University and visitors to the Library. We can also help you to find theses/dissertations from other institutions.
To find physical/digitised theses:
All available University of York theses can be found using this method, including electronic versions held in the Digital Library and White Rose eTheses.
Clicking the search everything tab and performing the search above will also include PhD theses from Leeds and Sheffield universities held electronically on White Rose eTheses.
We hold the University's PhD and MPhil theses, including physical copies up to 2012.
White Rose eTheses holds electronic copies from 2013 onwards, as well as a selection of pre-2013 theses.
University of York Masters dissertations for some subjects are available from:
The JB Morrell Library holds some dissertations from 1977 to 2013 (mainly from 2003 onwards).
King's Manor Library holds:
York Digital Library holds a selection of undergraduate dissertations for certain subjects. They are:
Some theses and dissertations are kept in a secure store. To consult them in the Library, you will need to request access to them via YorSearch.
To request a thesis or dissertation:
Note: theses or dissertations may not be removed from the Library.
Theses and dissertations are collected from the secure store at least three times a day, at 10am, 2pm and 5pm. If possible we may be able to collect theses at other times.
We will send you an email telling you when the thesis/dissertation is ready to collect from the Help Desk. The email will tell you how long it will be reserved for you.
If you no longer need an item you have requested:
If you are a member of another university, you can ask your home library to obtain a copy of a York thesis for you.
If you are an independent researcher and want to consult a York thesis, contact us and and we will make a request for you. When you come to the Library to use the thesis you will be asked to show proof of your identity, including your address.
You can try one of the following services to find theses by students from other institutions.
If you can't access the full text of a thesis you're interested in, you can ask our Interlending and Document Supply Service to get it for you.