Theses & Dissertations

DCU Research Theses (Research Masters and PhD)

The Library receives print and electronic copies of all DCU Research Masters and PhD theses. Theses from 1985 are available online via DORAS, DCU's Open Access Institutional Repository. Print copies are held in store and can be requested at the Information Desk in O'Reilly Library.

DCU Taught Postgraduate Dissertations

New from February 2021
A selection of 2020 dissertations from taught postgraduate courses are now available online as ebooks and can be requested to view. These are available via the library catalogue.

All previous print dissertations are unavailable due to Covid restrictions.

How do I search for 2020 online dissertations?

  • Search the Library Catalogue.
  • click on Advanced Search
  • enter your search term in the all of these words search box
  • select theses from  the collections drop-down box. (this will limit your search to theses and dissertations)
  • click Search
  • Refine your search by Year Published and choose 2020 (for online theses/dissertations)
    click apply
  • Click on title and click on Access this title online here and you will receive a pdf of dissertation 

To search for dissertations from a particular taught masters programme:

  • simply type the full course name (e.g. MSc in Human Resource Management) in the all of these words search box
  • select theses from the collections drop-down box.
Print Dissertations

O'Reilly Library:
2012-2017 titles are shelved on the Ground Floor in O'Reilly Library, beside the Information Desk. They are shelved alphabetically by author's surname.
2001 -2011 titles are held behind the Issue Desk, also on the ground floor.
2000 and earlier titles are kept in the Library Archive and can be requested to view at the Information Desk (Please allow 24 hours for retrieval). Dissertations cannnot be borrowed from the Library.
Cregan Library:
DCU St Patrick's campus theses and dissertations are held behind the library reception desk in Cregan library. The titles can be searched through the library catalogue or with the printed list available at the reception desk. Theses and dissertations can be consulted within the library for a maximum period of 3 hours. 

  • Index to Theses (Ireland)   -   a subset of the Index to theses database limited to theses from Irish universities. It provides access to abstracts of research masters and PhD theses only.
  • Search Irish universities' and institutes of education's library catalogues, link here to catalogues of other libraries.
  • RIAN: limited full-text access to research theses from seven Irish universities and DIT.

Australia and New Zealand


  • Theses Canada Portal: abstracts for theses and dissertations. Includes limited access to full-text for more recent theses.

United States of America

  • Dissertation Abstracts: abstracts only for over 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses from 1861 to date. Full-text may be purchased for a fee.



  • SUDOC: bibliographic information on dissertations/theses produced inn French academic libraries. Use simple or extended search and limit by "dissertation note"


  • Dissonline:  full-text access to doctoral and professorial dissertations organised by the German National Library


  • Tesis doctorales: information on doctoral theses. Some full-text access. Catalogue also available through the Catalogo general page. Database maintained by Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
  • Teseo: information on doctoral theses. Database maintained by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science