University Dissertations Examples

University of Leicester theses and Masters' dissertations

Theses

Nearly all doctoral theses produced by Leicester students, starting with our first award in 1924, are now available on the Leicester Research Archive (LRA). You can browse by department or search all the collection. Please note that if you are a research student student at Leicester you are required to submit an electronic copyof your final thesis as part of your doctorate submission.

Masters' dissertations

dissertations@Leicester is a new online service managed by the Library (with support from IT Services) in collaboration with academic departments.  The system stores completed Masters dissertations selected by departments as examples of good practice for current students.  At the moment, it contains selected dissertations for Criminology, Law, Management, Media & Communication, Museum Studies, Politics & International Relations and Psychology.

Masters' dissertations available from departments

  • Centre for Urban History - postgraduate dissertations can be searched for on the Centre library catalogue
  • English Local History - MA Dissertations can be read in the department and there is a list of PhD theses in preparation or recently completed.
  • Geography - dissertations are available via the Resources Centre

Other UK University Theses

  • EThOS - Electronic Theses Online System
    EThOS has been developed by the EThOS partnership, comprising of several UK Higher Education Institutions and the British Library with funding from JISC, RLUK and other HE partners.
  • EThOS allows you to search over 250,000 theses records, freely download the full text of any UK thesis that has been digitised, and order for downloading any thesis from one of the participating institutions. While many theses are listed but not yet online you may request that they are digitisised; but be aware that this process may take some time.
    If the thesis you wish to read is not listed on EThOS you can place a Speculative Request for them to update their records and digitise your chosen thesis.  You will need to register to make full use of this service
  • Index to Theses
  • The electronic version of the Index to theses accepted for higher degrees by the universities of Great Britain and Ireland covering 1716 to the present.  It includes abstracts where available and also provides links to local repositories (like the LRA) and ETHoS where theses are available for download.
  • Libraries & Information East Midlands: Locating Theses
    A very useful guide to locating print and electronic theses is produced by LIEM and updated annually.
  • History Online
    Lists of theses completed in the U.K. from 1970-present day related to historical research. It also includes information on those currently in progress.

International theses

If a thesis is not available online you can apply for an Inter Library Loan of a thesis. Contact Document Supply for more details.

Subject Databases that index Theses and Dissertations

The following databases index theses and dissertations, as well as journal articles in their subject areas:

In addition to this, you can find information on Library catalogues and on WorldCat.

From our own experience, we know how difficult it is to begin writing a thesis, especially if you don’t know how to start or structure it. For this reason, looking at other theses can be useful, as this can give you some initial ideas for how to get started.

In this article, you will find examples of different theses and dissertations. Many of the featured Ph.D. theses have received awards. Since doctoral dissertations must be published, their quality can be seen as an example for all postgraduate and undergraduate theses.

Each university has its own rules

As you peruse the examples below, consider that all universities have their own guidelines for writing theses. For example, Oxford University has specific requirements for each faculty regarding the number of words in a thesis, which can range from 50,000 to 100,000 words. At other universities, however, students may be required to limit their dissertations to only 20,000 words.

We highly recommend that you review your own university’s policies.

Examples of award-winning Ph.D. theses and dissertations

University: California Institute of Technology
Faculty: Physics
Author: Michael P. Mendenhall
Award: Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics 2015
Level: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Title:Measurement of the neutron beta decay asymmetry using ultracold neutrons

University: University of Oxford – St Hilda’s College
Faculty: Computer Science
Author: Mattias P. Heinrich
Award: 2014 Sullivan Thesis Prize
Level: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Title:Deformable lung registration for pulmonary image analysis of MRI and CT scans

University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Faculty: Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences Division – Engineering Science
Author: John Criswell
Award: 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Award
Level: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Title:Secure Virtual Architecture: Security for Commodity Software Systems

University: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Faculty: Economics
Author: SeoJeong Lee
Award: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Level: 2014 Zellner Award
Title:Misspecification-Robust Bootstrap for Moment Condition Models

University: Stanford University
Faculty: Management Science and Engineering
Author: Shayan O. Gharan
Award: Doctoral Dissertation Award 2013
Level: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Title:New Rounding Techniques for the Design and Analysis of Approximation Algorithms

University: University of Minnesota
Faculty: Chemical Engineering
Author: Eric Vandre
Award: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Level: 2014 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics
Title:Onset of Dynamics Wetting Failure: The Mechanics of High-speed Fluid Displacement

University: Erasmus University Rotterdam
Faculty: Management
Author: Ezgi Akpinar
Award: McKinsey Marketing Dissertation Award 2014
Level: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Title:Consumer Information Sharing: Understanding Psychological Drivers of Social Transmission

University: University of Yale
Faculty: Economics
Author: Zhipeng Liao
Award: 2012 Zellner Award
Level: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Title:Shrinkage Methods for Automated Econometric Model Determination

University: University of Washington
Faculty: Computer Science & Engineering
Author: Keith N. Snavely
Award: Doctoral Dissertation Award 2009
Level: Dissertation – Doctor of Philosophy
Title:Scene Reconstruction and Visualization from Internet Photo Collections

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