Copying Oxford theses


Anyone consulting a physical Oxford thesis is required to sign a copyright declaration. This states that you recognise that the thesis’ copyright rests with the author and that no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the author’s prior consent. Some Oxford theses cannot be consulted without the author's permission. Permission may be in the form of a signed letter, or an email sent from a verifiable (ie institutional) email address.

Digital copies

You can request digital copies of theses held by the libraries. The author’s permission is always required. Please contact for a permissions form. Scanning is carried out by the Mediated Copying team at the Weston Library. A scan of a whole thesis costs £100. 

Many Oxford theses held in digital form by the libraries are available for download via the Oxford Research Archive (ORA). Where ORA holds a digital copy of a thesis but it is not yet available for download – due to an embargo period or other restriction – a record for the thesis will exist in ORA, and you can request access via the ORA contact form.

The request will be passed to the author for permission to share a digital copy with you under the ORA terms of use.