Getting your thesis ready
For those approaching the final stages of preparing their thesis (4-6 months from submission), the Getting Your Thesis Ready workshop covers thesis presentation, the submission process and copyright considerations.
Copyright law applies to theses and dissertations written by students as part of their studies in the same way as it applies to other copyright works.
Forms and other thesis enquiries
You can find information on submitting your thesis, including forms and queries about content, submission dates, examination and degree-awarding procedures, from Research Student Administration (RSA).
Library deposit copies
After your thesis has been examined and your degree awarded, a printed, hardbound copy is deposited in the University Library and an electronic copy is submitted to the UBIRA eTheses Repository. Your Supervisor or School may also request a copy.
The electronic copy will be available via the internet, to any readers interested in your work. The printed Library deposit copy is the University’s archive copy, and may also be made available to readers. Your thesis will be listed in FindIt@Bham, and the Library will forward the details for publication in the index to theses. Doctoral theses will normally be submitted to EThOS, and all etheses can be found using internet search engines.
Access options - information for authors
When you are ready to submit your library deposit copy you will need to make a decision regarding access to the electronic and print copies. Please see our access options page for information about the options open to you as an author, including what you need to do if you are considering asking for an embargo to be placed on your work.