Thesis guidance

Arranging and presenting your thesis

For the arrangement of theses and their preparation for binding, see the guide Presenting your thesis (PDF - 200KB). See also details of Bindery services.

Our online courses also guide you through the process:

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 University 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. Please see the further information about access to etheses. 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.

Restricted access

It is your responsibility to ensure that any third party (eg a sponsor) sharing rights in the thesis is aware of the University Library, eThesis Repository and EThOS access arrangements.

You must notify the Research Postgraduate Administration team and the Library if the thesis contains confidential material, or if access to the thesis should be restricted for any other reason (eg a sponsor's requirement or patent pending). Indicate the level of access you prefer using the Abstract and Access form (Word - 38KB) mentioned above. If, exceptionally, you require an embargo preventing access to any version of your thesis, you must discuss it with your supervisor, and make your request in writing, specifying the time period for which it should apply (not normally more than 4 years from the date of the Congregation at which the degree is conferred) and precise reasons for requesting the embargo. Your Restricted Access Request Form should be submitted to Academic Services at least two months before your intended submission date.

If the embargo request is considered to be unreasonable, by the School, Library Services, or Academic Services, it will be referred to the Academic Board for a decision on whether the restriction should be applied.

If an embargo is applied to your thesis, details and the abstract will still be submitted to FindIt@Bham, Index to Theses and EthOS, but the actual text of the thesis will not be made available from the University Library or EThOS until the embargo has expired.