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Dissertations & Theses in the SSL

  • The SSL does not keep a copy of every thesis and dissertation produced by social science students.
  • The SSL does hold dissertations produced by students on selected social science (usually Master's) courses. These are kept in the Theses and Dissertations section of the library, next to the periodicals.
  • In general, D.Phil. theses can only be consulted at the Weston Library, and the most recent are available on ORA subject to a default 3 year embargo.
  • M.Phil. dissertations in Politics and International Relations are not held at the SSL. They are generally deposited in hard copy to the Bodleian Library, but authors are not required to deposit a copy in ORA.
  • In some subjects, only dissertations which received particularly high marks are held.
  • Some departmental websites list titles of theses submitted for their courses. If your department does not currently do this, it is worth asking the administrator if it is possible to list these online.
  • Dissertations and theses are arranged by social science department (e.g. Criminology), the course name (e.g. Criminology and Criminal Justice), qualification level (e.g. M.Sc.), year of submission, and finally the first three letters of the author's name, e.g. CRI.CCJ.Msc 2002 GIL.
  • Some dissertations and theses are held for the following courses:

    • CRI = Criminology
      • Criminlogy (M.Phil.)
      • Criminology and Criminal Justice (M.Sc.)
    • ECO = Economics
      • Economics (D.Phil., M.Phil.)
    • Geography
      • Undergraduate prizewinning dissertations
      • MSc dissertations
    • IDC = International Development (ODID from 2014-)
      • Agricultural Economics (D.Phil., M.Litt., M.Sc.)
      • Development Studies (M.Phil.)
      • Economics for Development (M.Sc.)
      • Global Governance & Diplomacy (M.Sc.)
    • ODID = Oxford Department of International Development
      • Development Studies (M.Phil.)
      • Economics for Development (M.Sc.)
      • Forced Migration (M.Sc.)
      • Global Governance and Diplomacy (M.Sc.)
      • Migration Studies (M.Sc.)
      • Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (M.Sc.)
    • POL = Politics & International Relations
      • Politics & International Relations (D.Phil.)
      • Politics, Philosophy and Economics (BA)
    • SLS = Socio-Legal Studies
      • Socio-Legal Studies (D.Phil.)
      • Law & Economics (M.Sc.)
    • SPI = Social Policy & Intervention
      • Comparative Social Policy (M.Phil., M.Sc.)
      • Evidence-Based Social Intervention (M.Phil., M.Sc.)
      • Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation (M.Phil., M.Sc.)

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