We hold theses presented for most higher degrees at the University of Edinburgh. Use this page to understand the different ways of locating theses of interest to you.
Please read the guidelines below carefully. Over the years, theses have been catalogued in different ways and the information below will help you to find the thesis you are looking for as quickly as possible.
Records for all post 1984 theses (but not prize essays) can be found on DiscoverEd. This includes theses which, since 2008, have been submitted electronically and can be viewed online. Please note, the CRC does not provide access to hard copy theses if a digital version is available, unless exceptional circumstances mean the researcher cannot access the digital copy.
These are all listed in the sheaf-binder indexes, which are held in the CRC Research Suite. CRC staff will be happy to check these indexes on your behalf if you are unable to visit in person.
Please note, the CRC does not provide access to hard copy theses if a digital version is available through ERA, unless exceptional circumstances mean the researcher cannot access the digital copy.
These are largely uncatalogued. Please contact CRC staff for further information.
Most theses accepted since 1950 are present in the Library in two copies, one archival copy and one which is available for consultation. For Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the consultation copies are held in the Centre for Research Collections. Astronomy theses are held at the Royal Observatory Library, Divinity theses are at New College Library.
Theses can only be consulted at the holding library (e.g. the CRC). Theses at the CRC may not be taken out on loan and they are not available as Inter-Library Loans.
Theses with the location mark ‘Theses Section 1’ are held as archival copies and are not normally issued for consultation, unless there is only one copy available. In this case the thesis will have to be consulted in the CRC Reading Room.
Theses (hard copy or microfilm) with the location mark ‘Theses Section 2’ or with non-Main Library locations should be consulted in the relevant library. Requests for Section 2 theses in the Main Library should be made by filling in the CRC request form in the department, or by contacting us in advance. They can be consulted in the CRC Research Suite.
Where a thesis record shows ‘RESTRICTED’, consultation is prohibited unless the inquirer obtains written permission from the author, which must then be counter-signed by the author’s head of department. An author can restrict a thesis for a period not exceeding 5 years after graduation.
Theses may not be photographed or photocopied by users.
The University provides a thesis scanning service costing £40 (+ VAT where applicable). Please see the link below.
If you are consulting a thesis at the CRC, staff can photocopy up to 20 pages. Please note a fee applies.