Swansea University Theses

Swansea University Theses

The Library holds all Swansea University theses at doctorate level and some masters. We do not usually keep third year projects, dissertations  etc., although the South Wales Miners' Library holds some diploma work.

Theses for most subjects are held in a closed store in the Library & Information Centre (LIC). The South Wales Miners' Library also has a small collection of DACE theses as well as some dissertations. The iFind catalogue record for a thesis will indicate its branch location.

Access the Swansea University E-Theses collection from Cronfa, the institutional repository. Cronfa E-Theses contains recent full-text electronic doctoral level theses.

E-Theses at Swansea University

Cronfa, the institutional repository will contain the full-text of Swansea University Higher Degree PhD theses passed after 1 October 2017. For further information on the E-Theses mediated deposit service, please visit our Library Guide.

Swansea University Library is in the process of digitising a selection of its extensive collection of PhD, and MPhil dissertations. This digitisation project will enable Swansea University to build a strong, freely available open access research collection to act as a showcase for our vibrant research-led activities. The provision of a digital archive of primary source material also has a positive impact on teaching, learning and research. Material selected from the physical collection for digitisation will be unavailable until May 2018.

Contact us
Email: openaccess@swansea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1792 604567

Finding Theses

Information about all theses received by the library can be found on iFind, the library catalogue. 

In the iFind search box, enter your topic keyword search and the words: swansea thesis. You can then use the Refine bar to limit to a range of years or particular Colleges. If you are particularly interested in recent theses you can change the Sort by menu at the top of the results list to Date descending to bring the most recent to the top.

Lists of Recent Theses

Click the relevant link below for a list of recent theses in PDF format:

Engineering Theses 2012-2016   |    School of Management Theses 2013-2016

Older theses can be found by clicking the relevant link below (2008-June 2012):

Arts and Humanities Theses  |  Engineering ThesesEnvironment and Society ThesesHealth and Medicine ThesesCollege of Science Theses | Social sciences, Law and Business theses

The theses collection is reference only. If you wish to consult a thesis, give the author, title and year of the thesis to staff at the Library Desk. ISS staff will collect the item for you from the closed store. The thesis will be issued to your library card but is for use in the library only. You must also sign the declaration in the front of the thesis agreeing to acknowledge the work of the author if you refer to it. Return the item to the Library Desk (or self-return machine) when you have finished with it and it will be discharged from your library card.

Barred theses

A few theses are barred from public access for several years - this is usually because the work has commercial potential and the student has obtained permission from the University not to make it public straight away. If this happens there will be a note on the catalogue record giving the date when the information will be released. No one will be allowed to read the thesis before that date.

Special theses

DSc. and D.Litt theses for all subjects are kept in the Library and Information Centre. Please ask for them at the Library Desk.

EThOS - Electronic Theses Online Service

EThOS has been created to offer a single point of access to UK theses and plays a significant role in showcasing UK research to the world.  EThOS, which is hosted by the British Library, lists the theses awarded by all UK universities and estimates over 95% of all theses ever written are now included.

Search the EThOS catalogue here

If an item you require is already held in EThOS then it is immediately available for download to your desktop free of charge; if not, there may be a link in the record leading you to the awarding university’s copy, or you can often choose to purchase a scanned copy of the original print thesis.

  • A list of participating institutions is available with information on the digitisation option that applies for each institution.
  • If you need to make a digitisation request, you may be required to pay by credit card for the thesis or, should you want your department to pay for digitisation, please contact Document Supply Services on extension 5045 or email dscs@swansea.ac.uk
  • If you cannot find the thesis you’re looking for in EThOS, you can make a speculative request here. Once the title is confirmed, a brief record is created in EThOS and the full-text item will usually become downloadable or available to be scanned.
  • Note some older print theses are not available for digitisation and the EThOS record cannot lead you to the full thesis. All the information you need is provided in each record.

Other Resources:

Australia: The Australian Trove portal provides full-text access to a wide range of Australian (plus some New Zealand) higher degree theses. You can also restrict your search to digital theses where many are available full text.

CanadaTheses Canada Portal provides full-text access to theses submitted to the Theses Canada programme between 1998 and 2002.

Cybertesis gives access to the South American Thesis portal.

DART Europe E-Theses Portal provides access to thousands of open access research theses from 28 European countires.

Dissertations and Theses incorporates 2 databases which can be searched individually or cross searched:  Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland covers theses accepted for higher degrees by the universities of Great Britain and Ireland.  It covers the years from 1716 up to almost the present. Dissertations & Theses: A&I covers American and International theses from 1861 to the present date.  The database is strong on theses from the USA but poor for the rest of the world.  For post 1997 theses, 24 page previews are included in both databases.  For a minority of theses, links to the full text are provided.

Germany: Search for theses via the Deutsche National Bibliothek catalogue. Set "Hochschulschriftenvermerk" to "diss" to limit a search to doctoral theses and use "Alle Begriffe" (all terms) to enter search terms. All German doctoral theses are published and should be more widely available than their British counterparts. Dissertation.de is a commercial dissertation provider for German theses.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) gives links to many theses, including some full text links to repositories where available.  Most are from North America.   It includes links to Australasian databases of theses.

OAIster is a union catalogue of digital resources from Universities and other institutions from all over the world which includes records for many theses.

OATD aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 800 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes over 1.6 million theses and dissertations.

PQDT Open  PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. Content is provided by ProQuest's UMI Dissertation Publishing and contains links to North American and UK material.

Wales: Theses Collection Wales includes approximately 50,000 theses and dissertations which have been presented for postgraduate degrees in higher educational institutions (HEIs) in Wales. The collection comprises theses and dissertations arising from all PhD and research Masters degrees, as well as taught Masters dissertations which have a Welsh interest or have gained a distinction.