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Library guide for Researchers/Postgraduates: Theses and Dissertations


In Ireland and the UK, thesis usually means an unpublished work submitted for a doctoral degree (Ph.D) while a dissertation is a work produced at undergraduate or masters' level.  Terminology is different in other countries.

In Ireland and the UK, Thesis is either for a doctoral or a master's degree.

Dissertation is either for a master's or a bachelor's degree with honours.

Exegesis is the written component of a practice-based thesis where the major output is a creative
work;  e.g. a film, artwork, novel.

However, to add to the confusion

In some other parts of the world such as North America, a dissertation may be for a doctoral degree and a thesis for a master's degree.

Theses and Dissertations

  • COPAC - Online public access catalogue of 50 U.K. research libraries and Trinity College.
  • EThOS - The British Library has set up EThOS, a service which enables individuals to register on their website and access UK PhD theses. EThOS currently provides details of more than 300,000 theses, many of which are available electronically and can be downloaded from EThOS. After searching, click into ‘Pricing and Delivery’ – this will show the details of theses along with delivery options, turnaround times and cost (if any).
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) An international organisation dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations.


View Theses from other colleges/universities

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