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SPS Library

MPhil Theses

The Library holds a range of MPhil Theses and a small collection of PhD Theses (unfortunately we do not hold any Undergraduate theses for Sociology, only Land Economy - if you require access to previous years' Undergrad theses for Sociology, please contact the departmental administrators).

MPhil Theses

The Library holds a range of MPhil Theses from the following subjects:

  • Sociology MPhil Theses (1993 - 2017/18)
  • Land Economy MPhil Theses
  • MPhil Theses for Social & Developmental Psychology (2002-2012); more recent submissions are held in the Psychology Library.

The most recent year's Sociology theses can be found on Apollo. Previous years are held in storage and can be requested (up to three at a time) at the issue desk. we endeavour to collect theses within an hour, however please note that we cannot fetch after 5pm Mon-Fri or on a weekend.

Please note, theses cannot be borrowed from the library or copied in any way (without express permission from the author).

How to search for MPhil Theses

Using the iDiscover catalogue, use the search terms 'SPS thesis' for a list of theses from 1993-2010; and 'HSPS thesis' for a list of theses from 2011 onwards.

  • Filter the results by restricting your search to the SPS Library using the 'Location' filter.


  • As above, use 'SPS thesis or 'HSPS thesis' and relevant search terms/keywords for your area of interest e.g. 'refugees', 'gender' or author name/title keywords if known.


  • If performing a broader search, use 'SPS thesis or 'HSPS thesis' along with a broad category term such as 'sociology', 'politics' or 'media'.

If you still cannot find relevant titles, do contact library staff and we will try to assist with searches.

Please be aware when using these search terms that CFR (Centre for Family Research) theses will also display as part of the Margaret Lowenfeld Collection.  If you would like to view CFR titles please contact the CFR administrators:


Ph.D Theses

The University Library (UL) holds a comprehensive collection of doctoral dissertations. They can be searched by title and author on iDiscover.

PhD Theses Online

An increasing number of theses are being made available online.

Apollo holds full-text digital versions of many Cambridge Ph.D. theses. This is a rapidly growing collection deposited by Cambridge Ph.D. graduates on a voluntary basis.

Over 300,000 doctoral theses have been submitted to the British Library's Electronic Thesis Online Service (EThOS) from 100 UK universities. You can search the thesis database via the EThOS website

eresources@cambridge have a useful guide to accessing PhD theses electronically.