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MPhil and PhD Theses

by Fabio Lahr last modified Sep 21, 2018 10:11 AM

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

  • Sociology MPhil Theses (1993 - present: actively collecting)
  • Land Economy MPhil Theses
  • MPhil Theses for Social & Developmental Psychology (2002-2012); more recent submissions are held in the Psychology Library.

We hold the most recent year's Sociology theses in the SPS Library at the desk. Previous years are held in the Mond building and can be requested (up to three at a time) either at the issue desk, or by completing the Request a Thesis Form; 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.

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:, or ask us at the issue desk.

Ph.D Theses

The SPS Library has a very limited collection of Ph.D theses from Sociology and Land Economy. They can be searched by title and author on iDiscover.

The University Library (UL) has a more comprehensive collection of doctoral dissertations.

PhD Theses Online

An increasing number of theses are being made available online.

DSpace@Cambridge holds full-text digital versions of several hundred 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.