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English and Creative Writing: PhD Theses

The British Library runs a service called EThOS, which enables individuals to register online at and access UK PhD theses. EThOS currently provides details of more than 250,000 theses, many of which are available electronically and can be downloaded from EThOS including all Plymouth PhD theses. 

Plymouth theses can also be accessed from PEARL (the university repository) via Primo along with a selection of Masters theses.

If you are a PhD student you can find out about depositing your thesis from our Research Support Libguide


PQDT Open is a source of (mostly) North American theses that have been published as Open Access which complements the British collection held in EThOS.

Theses and dissertations via Primo

Electronic full text PhD theses and some masters dissertations are stored in PEARL and they can be searched and accessed via PRIMO:
1.    Make your search in Primo selecting Plymouth University research repositories from the drop down menu.

2.    The results  list will contain details of both PhD theses and masters dissertations. To narrow down the results to just PhD theses or masters dissertation, use the Refine My Results options on the left of the screen

3.    The Details tab provides the abstract and the View Online tab or the title will link to the full text.

Some theses can be subject to embargos on grounds of confidentiality or other ethical reasons