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Ethos - Request UK PhD Theses via Ethos

How can I access UK PhD theses?

The British Library has set up EThOS, a service which enables individuals to register online at and access PhD theses directly without library mediation. EThOS currently provides details of more than 250,000 theses.

EThOS is also available via PRIMO under Find Databases.

Accessing EThOS:
Register at and then search the database. Click “Pricing and Delivery” – you will be presented with details of theses along with delivery options, turnaround times and cost (if any). Depending on these details, there are then 4 options:

1.      Thesis is available for immediate download.
Action: click the Add to Basket button, accept Terms and Condition and you will then be given a link to download the pdf to your computer.

2.      Thesis can be digitised at no charge; delivery time is quoted.
Action: click the Add to Basket button and accept Terms and Conditions to create an order. You will receive notification by email when the thesis isa vailable for download.

3.      Thesis can be digitised at a given cost; delivery time is quoted.
make a request to the ILL Team, using the British Library Loan form. Please specify that it is a PhD Thesis. Technology & Information Services(TIS) have agreed to cover the cost
or you can place a request immediately and pay by credit or debit card (no refund from TIS).

4.      Thesis not available via Ethos.
Action: make a request to the ILL Team, using the British Library Loan form. Please specify that it is a PhD Thesis and that it is not available via ethos, eg: ‘N/A Ethos’.


If you would like more advice and support on using EThOS, please contact your subject librarian if known. You can also email:


The ILL Team can be contacted by email:

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Modified 13/07/2017
Author: Watson, Andrea