Leeds University Library


A dissertation or thesis is a detailed research project, usually submitted as part of gaining a qualification. Content often consists of an introduction to the research topic, a literature review, chosen research methods, findings and conclusions.

The Library holds a large number of Leeds PhD and doctoral theses.
We also offer links to theses from other institutions, both in the UK and internationally. 

View the full list of theses databases.

University of Leeds theses

To find a thesis from the University of Leeds, you can:

  • Use Search@Library to find theses held by Leeds University Library. Search for a subject (eg Medicine) then refine your search by selecting the filters for "Library Catalogue" and "Dissertation" from the options on the left. If the "Dissertation" filter is not visible as a Content Type, click on "More" to reveal it.
  • Use the Search@Library advanced search to find a thesis by title or author
  • Search White Rose eTheses Online (WREO) for online theses from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

To request a print thesis, follow the  in store - request here" link. Please allow at least 48 hours for the item to be retrieved from the Library store. You will receive an email to your University account when it is available.

Theses cannot be taken out of the Library. If you require a digital copy this may be available via the Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) provided by the British Library. You would need to cover the cost of digitisation.

Some theses are unavailable because the research is commercially sensitive, or to protect confidentiality.

UK theses

Index to theses contains titles and abstracts of theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland.

Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) is a service provided by the British Library.

If you require a UK thesis not available in EThOS, our document supply service may be able to help. 

You can buy theses via the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database if they are not available by any other means.

International theses

Non-UK theses can be very difficult to obtain, and requests via the document supply service are often unsuccessful. In some countries, universities are working together to make full text electronic collections of theses available via the web.

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)

You can buy theses via 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.

Trove - National Library of Australia