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​​​Finding theses

This page is in two sections: 

  • Find an Edinburgh Napier University thesis
  • Find a thesis from another institution


Find an Edinburgh Napier University thesis

You can find recent PhD, DBA and research-based (not taught) Masters theses online in the Edinburgh Napier Research Repository​.  

The wider and historical range of Edinburgh Napier PhD theses are stored in hardcopy in secure storage at Merchiston Library. 

Find a hardcopy thesis

Hardcopy theses are listed on LibrarySearch. To find a thesis:


1. Enter 'napier university' in the search box
2. On the right hand side, under Tweak my results > Library/Collection >choose Edinburgh Napier Theses.

This will give you a list of hundreds of theses (and some other Edinburgh Napier-related items).

If you want to find a thesis on a particular subject, simply search as above but with subject keywords instead of 'napier university'. Be aware that thesis subjects are very specific , so you may have to keep trying different keywords.

Borrow a hardcopy thesis

Ask at the Merchiston Library Help Desk. Library staff will ask you to fill out a short form, and then bring you the thesis from secure storage.

NOTE: You may only borrow a thesis for three hours at a time (some theses are embargoed and cannot be borrowed). You cannot take it out of the Library or photocopy it.


Find a thesis from another institution


To search for a UK thesis from another institution (not Edinburgh Napier University):


Try searching EThOS - the British Library Electronic Theses Online Service (see step-by-step help on myNapier​)​.    


If the thesis is not available full-text online from Ethos, there may be a link to the institutional repository. You may be able to request digitisation from EThOS for free.


ETHOS – Delays to delivery (updated 15 March 2024)​

The British Library was subject to a cyber incident last year and most of their systems have been offline since then. This outage includes British Library document delivery and inter-library loans services. As a result, there may be problems supplying Edinburgh Napier University inter-library loan requests and there will be delays to delivery. Currently we have no further information about the likely duration of these issues.​

Can't find/access the thesis for free?

Contact your Subject Librarian for further help. Send full details of the thesis, including a link to the full details on EThOS, if available.


Other respositories

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)
Tracks the location and growth of open-access repositories.