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Finding a University of St Andrews thesis

Search for theses in SAULCAT.

Tip: You can view a list of local theses in SAULCAT.

If an electronic thesis is available you will see a link to the full text in Research@StAndrews: Full Text (or the abstract, if the thesis is restricted) or will see a note to indicate that the thesis is in the process of being digitised, or has been digitised by the EThOS service.

You can also search Research@StAndrews: Full Text direct for University of St Andrews electronic theses. All theses dated 2007 - and some prior to 2007 are available from this service.

Tip: You can view a list of electronic theses in the repository.

If you cannot see any indication that an electronic version of a thesis is available then please use the EThOS service to request the delivery of a digital copy.  See below for more detailed information about this service.

If you are in St Andrews and can visit the Library you can of course still consult the original print copies of our theses.

Requesting a copy of a St Andrews thesis

Our policy  is to provide digital delivery of St Andrews theses wherever possible.  If you wish to consult a St Andrews thesis please check SAULCAT first to discover if a digital copy is available. If a digital copy is not available or is listed in SAULCAT as being digitized by EThOS, please go to the EThOS website.  Once you find the details of the thesis you wish to consult, you can either download it immediately, or make a request for the thesis to be digitised.  If you do not find the thesis listed in the EThOS database, please follow the instructions provided.  You will be presented with an on screen form to request an unlisted thesis.

St Andrews is now a fully participating member of the EThOS project.  EThOS is a British Library national project to provide a central source for the supply of electronic theses. See this recent EThOS news sheet for comments from both users of the service and from theses authors. St Andrews has joined the service as an Open Access Sponsor which means that we are committed to providing our theses for digitisation on demand, and requests are made available to researchers open access and free of charge. Please note that EThOS will not charge for the standard delivery format which is a downloadable PDF, but users choosing alternative delivery formats such as print, CD/DVD will be quoted charges.

We will also continue our service to deliver St Andrews theses online in Research@StAndrews: Full Text.

Finding UK and international theses

Use the following databases, subscribed to by the Library, to identify details of accepted theses:

Index to Theses
Off-campus access
: use University Computer Account Username and Password

Details of higher degree theses, with abstracts, accepted by Universities in Great Britain and Ireland, since 1716
Proquest Dissertations and Theses: Full Text
Off-campus access: use University Username and Password

Details of over 2.3 million international dissertations and theses, from 1861- present, with over a million dissertations available as full-text, downloadable PDFs.

WorldCatDissertations
Off-campus access: use University Username and Password

Details of thousands of international dissertations and theses

EThOS
Electronic Theses Online Service

Details of 250,000+ UK theses with a service to download or request full text from participating institutions. Some institutions may charge for the digitisation of their theses. If you are asked to pay for a thesis when using EThOS please contact Inter-Library Loans who will make the request and cover any costs for you.

Submitting a thesis

From September 2006, new University regulations require the submission of one electronic copy of the following theses, in addition to one bound print copy.   Please note that from 1st March 2008 the submission procedures have been amended and require the submission of the electronic copy of a thesis directly to the Registry Student Office on CD (this replaces the previous requirement to submit the full text online).  However there is still a requirement for descriptive details including the abstract of the thesis to be submitted online.

A description of the new submission requirements is given in the Electronic publication of MPhil and PhD theses letter (Word, 20 KB). The new thesis declaration which should be used from 1st March 2008 onwards is available as a WORD and PDF document (Thesis Declaration Form (Word, 32 KB) Thesis Declaration Form (PDF, 130 KB)).  The Policy for supervisors and students in research postgraduate programmes also provides detailed information. The Academic matters page for current postgraduates provide additional help on submission of theses both for pre-examination and for final copies post-examination. See the section headed Theses.

DEng Doctor of Engineering
DLang Doctor of Languages
MD Doctor of Medicine
MPhil Master of Philosophy
PhD Doctor of Philosophy

How to submit your electronic copy

  • Submit a copy of your electronic thesis on CD directly to the Registry Student Office, The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LB.
  • Once the Registry Student Office have receipted the print and electronic copies of your thesis you will receive an email from Research@StAndrews: Full Text inviting you to register at the My Repository registration page. The email will give full instructions on how to proceed and registration instructions are also available on the registration page
  • Please note that you will need to wait for an acknowledgement of your registration before you can proceed further. We will process registrations within one working day.
  • You will be requested to submit information about your thesis, including author, supervisor and title details, full abstract and subject keywords.
  • Please do not submit the full text of your thesis online.  Instead use this placeholder document which can be downloaded here Full text not available (PDF, 2 KB)
  • For more help on how to submit your e-thesis see the repository helpscreens or the Gradskills presentation: Depositing an Electronic Thesis - Gradskills 2014 (PowerPoint, 7,134 KB) and the Electronic theses factsheet (PDF, 139 KB)‌.
  • For more information on copyright issues with regard to electronic theses, please consult the Copyright for theses factsheet (PDF, 125 KB), Electronic theses and copyright - Gradskills 2014 (PowerPoint, 645 KB)Copyright for Electronic Theses - Gradskills 2014 (PowerPoint, 832 KB), and the Copyright webpages.

How to submit your print copy

  • Submit your bound print thesis directly to Registry - Student Office, The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9LB.
  • N.B. Only one bound copy should be submitted (before September 2006, two copies were required).
  • The usual requirement for the colour of the Library's copy of a thesis is black (dark blue or maroon will also be accepted). Candidate's own copies can be any colour. The thesis should be in hard case binding, the front cover should bear the title of the thesis and candidates name in 14pt type. The spine, reading from top to bottom, should give the type of award, the name of the candidate, and the year of graduation in 18pt type. e.g. Ph.D.   J. SMITH   2007.
  • More information about binding.

Administrative checks will be carried out to ensure that both print and electronic copies have been submitted within a given period of time. We suggest that you submit both copies, print and electronic on CD at the same time.

If you have any questions, please email: Digital-Repository@st-andrews.ac.uk.