Theses & dissertations

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.

Search for a York thesis or dissertation

To find physical/digitised theses:

  1. Go to YorSearch
  2. Select Advanced Search
  3. From the Material Type drop down menu, select Theses
  4. Enter your search terms and click Search

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.

What we hold

PhD and MPhil theses

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.

Masters dissertations

University of York Masters dissertations for some subjects are available from:

  • York Digital Library (electronically)
  • JB Morrell Library (Booking necessary. See Consulting a thesis/dissertation tab.)
  • King's Manor Library (available on the open shelves)

York Digital Library holds electronic copies of:

  • Archaeology: selection from 1973 onwards including a complete set for the last five years
  • Centre for Medieval Studies: selection from 1963 - 1999 and 2010 onwards
  • History: selection from 2010 onwards
  • History of Art: selection from 1995 onwards
  • Management: complete set from 2010 onwards
  • Social Policy and Social Work: selection from 2015 onwards

The JB Morrell Library holds some dissertations from 1977 to 2012  (but mostly from the last ten years), from:

  • Archaeology
  • Education
  • History of Art
  • Management
  • Social Policy and Social Work
  • and Women's Studies  

King's Manor Library holds:

  • Centre for Medieval Studies dissertations from 2000 to 2011 (and some from 1990 to 2000)
  • Stained Glass Conservation dissertations up to 2013
  • Eighteenth Century Studies dissertations

Undergraduate dissertations

York Digital Library holds a selection of undergraduate dissertations for certain subjects. They are:

  • Economics (selection from 2015)
  • History (selection from 1967 onwards)
  • History of Art (selection from 1997 onwards)

Consulting a thesis/dissertation in the Library

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:

  1. Log in to YorSearch
  2. Locate the item using Advanced Search (as above)
  3. Select Get It
  4. Select Place a request or a booking
  5. Click Submit

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:

Access to theses for visitors

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.

Theses from other universities

Theses from other universities

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.