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Finding Theses

Discover postgraduate research theses from Trinity College Dublin and other institutions.

Trinity College Dublin Theses

Trinity College Dublin research theses can be found using Stella Search and refining your search results by selecting the format ‘TCD Thesis’ for print theses, or ‘TCD E-Thesis’ for electronic theses, or by limiting results to the Library Collection ‘TCD Theses’ for both. You can also use the Classic Catalogue and pre-select the TCD Thesis collection.

All print theses held by the Library are in storage. Students, staff and visiting readers should use the Automated Stack Requests (ASR) system to request them.

Note: Trinity College Dublin theses cannot be borrowed and must be read in the Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher (BLU) Libraries.

Taught Masters dissertations awarded post-2004/5 are not held by the Library in print format, but some are available electronically due to authors kindly donating the PDF of their thesis.

Undergraduate dissertations are not held by the Library.


Occasionally a thesis will appear in the Online Catalogue with a "stay" (embargo) on it, meaning it cannot be requested or viewed. This temporary (usually between one and five year) restriction is made by the Graduate Studies Office on behalf of the author. E-theses may also have some restrictions applied. Most are open-access, but a small number have a temporary embargo or are available to Trinity logins only.

Thesis Digitisation Project 2017

During 2016 the Library undertook the large-scale digitisation of two thousand Trinity Ph.D. theses from the date range 2000-2015. These e-theses are in the process of being uploaded to the special thesis collection in our institutional repository TARA. The records are also available in our Library catalogue.

Phase two is now commencing, and the focus will be on scanning the remaining 1,000 undigitised Ph.D. theses from the years 2000-2008. The selected theses will be located offsite for scanning during the summer of 2017, but will still be retrievable for consultation using the ‘request stack item’ button in the catalogue. Theses will be uploaded to the repository during winter 2017/spring 2018.

Notice for Graduates on Thesis Digitisation

List of Ph.D. theses selected for scanning in 2017

If you require some restrictions on access to the electronic copy of your thesis then please get in touch straight away to discuss the options.

If your thesis was not scanned this time around, or you are a recent graduate and you would like to contribute a PDF copy of your thesis, we would love to hear from you! Contact us at:

Theses from Other Institutions

Many universities are digitising their research output and making it freely available via their institutional repository – check their Library/University website for information.

British and Irish theses, including Trinity College Dublin theses, are indexed in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland.

North American and some European (including some Irish and British) theses are indexed in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I.

If a thesis is not available freely online contact the Library’s Inter-Library Loan Office.

Irish Theses

British Theses

    • Register at the site to search and download items
    • UK theses are free to download after requested once and digitised
    • For others use Inter-Library Loan to obtain at subsidised cost

European Theses

  • Browse DART-Europe for the discovery of European electronic theses (including Trinity College Dublin e-theses)