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Theses & Dissertations

Glasnevin Library:

DCU Research Theses (Research Masters and PhD)
The Library receives print and electronic copies of all DCU Research Masters and PhD theses. Theses from 1985 are availalbe online via DORAS, DCU's Open Access Institutional Repository. Print copies are held in store and can be requested at the Information Desk in Glasnevin Library.

DCU Taught Postgraduate Dissertations
Dissertations are available in print only. Four years (2010-2015) are shelved on the ground floor in Glasnevin Library, beside the Information Desk. They are shelved alphabetically by author's surname. Previous years are kept in the store and can be requested to view at the Information Desk.
Dissertations cannnot be borrowed from the Library. The Library does not hold dissertations for all courses: each school decides whether or not to send them to the Library.

How do I search for theses and dissertations?
DCU theses and dissertations are listed in the Library Catalogue. To find a thesis or dissertation on a particular topic, click on Advanced Search, enter your search term in the all of these words search box and select theses from  the collections drop-down box. This will limit your search to theses and dissertations. The catalogue links to online versions of theses where available.
To search for dissertations from a particular taught masters programme simply type the full course name (e.g. MA in Communication and Cultural Studies) in the all of these words search box and select theses from the collections drop-down box.

St. Patrick's Library:

DCU St Patrick's campus theses and dissertations are held behind the library reception desk in St Patrick's library. The titles can be searched through the library catalogue or with the printed list available at the reception desk. Theses and dissertations can be consulted within the library for a maximum period of 3 hours.


Irish Theses

  • Index to Theses (Ireland)   -   a subset of the Index to theses database limited to theses from Irish universities. It provides access to abstracts of research masters and PhD theses only.
  • Search Irish universities' and institutes of education's library catalogues, link here to catalogues of other libraries.
  • RIAN: limited full-text access to research theses from seven Irish universities and DIT.

British Theses

International Theses (English speaking countries)

International Theses (Europe)

  • Europe
    DART-Europe E-theses Portal: over 400,000 full-text theses in English and other languages from participating universities in 27 European countries.
  • France
    SUDOC: bibliographic information on dissertations/theses produced inn French academic libraries. Use simple or extended search and limit by "dissertation note"
  • Germany
    Dissonline:  full-text access to doctoral and professorial dissertations organised by the German National Library
  • Spain: 
    Tesis doctorales: information on doctoral theses. Some full-text access. Catalogue also available through the Catalogo general page. Database maintained by Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
    Teseo: information on doctoral theses. Database maintained by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science

International Theses (others)