The Library has a full set of Imperial PhD theses.

All theses submitted for examination from 1 July 2007 are available online, on open access, in the Spiral repository.

We also provide access to some Imperial Master's dissertations and online theses from other universities in the UK and worldwide.

Access to theses

Imperial PhD theses

Digitised theses

Electronic copies of Imperial PhD theses are available on open access in the Spiral repository.

If the author has not given permission to make their thesis open access it will be marked as "File embargoed" and you will be unable to read the full text online. If the Library holds a print copy of a thesis marked "File embargoed" you may visit the Central Library to consult it. Complete a Thesis request form prior to your visit.

If a thesis is not available in Spiral

Imperial students and staff can:

  • visit the Central Library to consult it - complete a Thesis request form prior to your visit
  • place a Document Delivery request for an electronic copy of the thesis. The time scale for digitisation is 4 weeks.

External users including alumni can:

  •  visit the Central Library to consult it - complete a Thesis request form prior to your visit
  • if you are unable to visit the library or wish to receive an electronic copy of a thesis, please contact the Document Delivery by email at ill@imperial.ac.uk.
    Full details will be given upon application.

Imperial Master's dissertations

The Library provides access to the Master's dissertations of some departments - check the table below for details. If your department is not listed there are no Master's dissertations available. 

If you would like to begin depositing Master’s dissertations for your department or course in Spiral, please contact your Liaison Librarian

Master's dissertations

Department/subjectDatesLocationLoan period / access restrictions
Bioengineering 2005 - 2015 Online via Spiral 

Access restricted to Imperial College London members

Business

1971 - 2005 (selected titles)

Store Service Reference only, access restricted to Imperial College London members - complete a Store Service thesis request form
Business 2006 onwards (selected programmes) Online via Spiral Access restricted to Imperial College London members
Business Joint Honours and Incalated BSc projects Current 5 years Core Text room, level 1, Central Library Core Text
Chemical engineering  2007 - 2012, 2017 Online via Spiral  Access restricted to Imperial College London members
Earth science and engineering 2010 onwards Online via Spiral Access restricted to Imperial College London members
Electrical and electronic engineering 2010 onwards (prizewinning projects only) Online via Spiral Access restricted to Imperial College London members
Centre for Environmental Policy

2010 onwards (selected titles)

Online via Spiral

Access restricted to Imperial College London members

Centre for Environmental Policy 

1971 - 2013

Store Service

Reference only - complete a Store Service thesis request form

Life Sciences (Silwood Park) Current five years (selected titles) Silwood Park Campus Library open shelves As for book loan
Life Sciences (Silwood Park) 2013 onwards (selected titles from 2008) Online via Spiral Access restricted to Imperial College London members
Mechanical engineering 2008 onwards Online via Spiral  Access restricted to Imperial College London members
Science communication

2006 - 2008

Store Service

Reference only - complete a Store Service thesis request form

Science communication

2008 - 2009 (Distinctions only)

Online via Spiral

Access restricted to Imperial College London members

Sustainable energy futures 2008 onwards Online via Spiral  Access restricted to Imperial College London members

Theses from other universities

UK universities

Search for theses from UK universities using the British Library's EThOS service.

To see the full text of a thesis you will need to register for EThOS.

  • If a thesis has already been digitised it will be available for immediate download.
  • If a thesis has not been digitised and there is no charge, you can order it from within EThOS. Complete the form and you will receive it in 30 days.
  • If a thesis has not been digitised and there is a charge, request a copy through the Document Delivery. We will order a copy and notify you when it is available for download (usually 4-5 weeks).

Overseas universities

Most overseas theses are now available online via Library Search. If the thesis you are interested in is not available, you can request it using the Document Delivery.

Thesis Thursday 2018

The #thesisthursday infographic below was produced for Open Access Week 2018 to demonstrate the usage of Imperial College London theses in Spiral. The infographic includes the top ten theses downloaded from Spiral between September 2013 and September 2018 including the total number of downloads.

Thesis Thursday aimed to commemorate the anniversary of Professor Hawking’s 1966 doctoral thesis ‘Properties of expanding universes’ being made available online for the first time.

Thesis Thursday graphic