Find University of Leeds theses
You can find PhD and doctoral theses using our Library search.
The above search allows you to search by keywords, author or title and is set to limit your search results to Theses. If you know exactly the thesis you want, keep the search set to keywords and use the author's family name and one or two key words in the title. This will produce highly relevant search results.
Theses are kept in the Library stores. To access a print thesis, sign in and select “Request it” in the full record. We will email you when it is available. Please allow at least 48 hours.
Theses cannot be taken out of the libraries.
Find Leeds theses online
Search White Rose eTheses Online for online theses from the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York.
Digital copies of Leeds theses may also be available through the Electronic Theses Online Service provided by the British Library.
Please note that some theses are unavailable as the research is commercially sensitive or confidential.
Find a UK thesis
Search for theses from other UK institutions using the Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS), which is provided by the British Library.
You can also find UK theses on the Index to theses database. The database contains titles and abstracts of theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland.
If you cannot find the thesis using these services, our Document Supply service may be able to help.
Find an international thesis
Non-UK theses can be very difficult to obtain. In some countries, universities are working together to make full-text electronic collections of theses available via the web.
Try the following databases:
- DART – Europe e-theses Portal
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
- PQDT Open (open access dissertations and theses)
- Theses Canada Portal (1988-2002)
- Trove - National Library of Australia
Unfortunately, most requests made through our Document Supply service are unsuccessful
Purchase access to a thesis
You can also buy theses through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database if they are not available by any other means.
The database has international coverage of PhD and Masters theses from 1861 to the present. Theses published since 1980 include author abstracts, and some titles are available in full text.