The Electronic Theses Online System (EThOS) offers free access to the full text of UK theses.
- It provides free access to the research contained in doctoral theses
- Offers a one stop electronic shop for all UK doctoral theses
- Digitises theses on request into pdf format
What does this mean?
When you require a Doctoral Thesis from another UK based HE Institution you should check EThOS to either download a thesis already digitised or to request a UK thesis be supplied to you. There will not normally be any charge to you for downloading the thesis (depending on the supplying institution's policy).
You will need to register to use the service, providing a valid email address and password. Once registered you can use the online ordering and tracking system direct from EThOS to manage your requests including checking the status of your requests.
You will not normally need to supply any interlibrary loan forms as you will deal direct with EThOS. However, interlibrary loan forms may be needed for theses which are unable to be supplied via EThOS where, in exceptional circumstances, you may be directed to a specific institution for a conventional direct loan of a thesis.
Theses can be made available to you in several formats i.e. on paper, CD or DVD. A fee is payable by you for this added value service using a valid credit card.
If you are unable to trace a thesis through EThOS please check the Index to Theses (available from the e-Library) or use the "ask an expert" link from the opening page of the EThOS service.
For non UK based Doctoral Theses you will need to place an interlibrary loan request in the normal way.
Interlibrary loan procedures for other types of request from the British Library (articles or books for example) will remain the same.
Frequently asked questions
You may find the following links of help when using EThOS.
If you are a Birmingham Alumni with a PhD we encourage you to make an electronic copy of your thesis available more widely on the web via the University’s own eTheses repository at: etheses.bham.ac.uk. More details are available at etheses.bham.ac.uk/information.html.