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The Library holds printed copies of all Newcastle University PhD theses, and some copies of theses written for other research degrees such as DSc, MD, DLitt, LLD, Deng, DBA, EdD, MPhil. All theses held by the Library are listed in Library Search and where we have a printed and an electronic copy of theses a link is provided to the full-text.

Submitting your thesis

The Student Progress Office provides information on Research Degree Examination Procedures and Forms, including the University's Guidelines for the Submission and Format of Theses and Library Submission Forms. You may also wish to speak to your supervisor for advice on thesis presentation. The University encourages and supports open access as an invaluable way to maximise the visibility and impact of its research and strongly encourages all PhD students to deposit an electronic version of their final examined thesis, as well as a printed copy. UKRI-funded students are expected to comply with the UKRI policy on open access, the key requirements being:

  • The full text version of the thesis should be available from an open access repository no longer than 12 months following the award of the doctorate. Authors who identify themselves as RCUK funded on their submission form will normally only be allowed to request an embargo of a maximum of 12 months.
  • The research must acknowledge the support of the funder.

We can ensure your compliance by depositing a copy of your thesis in our repository.

Print Services located on level 1 of the Philip Robinson Library can help with binding enquiries. 

Access to your thesis

After your degree has been awarded the final version of your thesis is passed to the library and added to our print and electronic collections. A standard 6 month embargo on access is applied to all thesis received to give authors time to consider publishing from all or part of their work. In certain circumstances longer embargo periods can be applied but permission from your Dean is required. You will be asked to sign a deposit licence when you hand over your thesis which explains the conditions under which it will be kept. The many advantages of making your thesis open access include:

  • Research reaches a wider audience, increasing the probability of citation.
  • Your personal profile and impact are enhanced.
  • Indexing by anti-plagiarism software helps prevent unauthorised re-use.
  • It will ensure compliance for UKRI-funded students.