The Library has a full set of Imperial PhD theses.

The majority of Imperial PhD theses are available on open access, while some are restricted to 'Imperial users only', in the Spiral repository.

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

Access to theses

Imperial PhD theses

Information for Imperial students and staff
  • Check if an electronic copy of the thesis is available in the Spiral repository. If the thesis has been digitised you can access and download it.
  • If the thesis has not been digitised, you can visit the Central Library to consult it - complete a Thesis request form prior to your visit.
  • You can also place a Document Delivery request for an electronic copy of the thesis. The time scale for digitisation is 4 weeks.
Information for external users and alumni
  • Most of the electronic copies of Imperial PhD theses are available on open access in the Spiral repository. Some theses are closed access, for copyright reasons, and are unavailable to external users.
  • You can visit the Central Library to consult any print theses, including theses unavailable in Spiral - complete a Thesis request form and, if you do not have a current membership card, complete the online library membership application 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 Service by email at ill@imperial.ac.uk. Full details will be given upon application.
PhD Theses
DepartmentCollection titleYearsLink to access via Spiral
School of Professional Development School of Professional Development PhD theses 2009 - 2017 Available online via Spiral
Centre for Co-Curricular Studies Centre for Co-Curricular Studies PhD theses 2012 - 2017 Available online via Spiral
Administrative Services Theses Submission 2015 Available online via Spiral
Faculty of Engineering      
Faculty of Engineering Design Engineering PhD theses 2016 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Aeronautics Aeronautics PhD theses 2006 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Bioengineering Bioengineering PhD theses 1988 - 1989 and 2000 - 2018 Available online via Spiral
Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering PhD theses 2001 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Civil and Environmental Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD theses 1992 - 2018 Available online via Spiral
Computing Computing PhD theses 2008 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Earth Science and Engineering Earth Science and Engineering PhD theses 1974 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Electrical and Electronic Engineering PhD theses 1984 - 1989 and 2000 - 2010 Available online via Spiral
Institute of Biomedical Engineering Institute of Biomedical Engineering PhD theses 2008 Available online via Spiral
Material Materials PhD theses 2006 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering PhD theses 1985 - 1989 and 2000 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Faculty of Medicine      
Clinical Sciences Department of Clinical Sciences PhD Theses 2010 - 2018 Available online via Spiral
Department of Medicine Medicine PhD theses 1976 - 1979 and 2000 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Department of Surgery and Cancer Department of Surgery and Cancer PhD Theses 2010 - 2018 Available online via Spiral
National Heart and Lung Institute National Heart and Lung Institute PhD theses 2008 - onwards Available online via Spiral
School of Public Health School of Public Health PhD Theses 2011 - 2018 Available online via Spiral
Faculty of Natural Sciences      
Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology PhD theses 2008 - 2013 Available online via Spiral
Centre for Environmental Policy Centre for Environmental Policy PhD theses 2009 - 2018 Available online via Spiral
Chemistry Chemistry PhD theses 2006 - 2018 Available online via Spiral
Division of Biology Biology PhD theses 1994 - 2013 Available online via Spiral
Institute for Mathematical Sciences Institute for Mathematical Sciences PhD theses 2009 Available online via Spiral
Life Sciences Life Sciences PhD theses 2013 - 2018 Available online via Spiral
Mathematics Mathematics PhD theses 2007 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Molecular Biosciences Molecular Biosciences PhD theses 2008 - 2015 Available online via Spiral
Physics Physics PhD theses 2006 - onwards Available online via Spiral
Imperial College Business School      
Imperial College Business School Imperial College Business School PhD theses 2008-2017 Available online via Spiral
 Other Imperial PhD Theses University of London (Imperial authors) 1920's - onwards Available online via Spiral
 
Access to PhD theses through Spiral

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 - 2017  Online via Spiral

Access restricted to Imperial College London members

Business 2006-2017 Online via Spiral Access restricted to Imperial College London members
Business Joint Honours and Incalated BSc projects Last 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) Last 5 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
Department of Medicine 2014- onwards Online via Spiral Access restricted to Imperial College London members
Paediatrics and Child Health 2014 - 2016 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 ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Global. If the thesis you are interested in is not available, you can request it using the Document Delivery.