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Theses: Home

Information about theses at Southampton: thesis templates, guidance on e-theses, how to find theses
During the Covid-19 pandemic, special arrangements are in place for the deposit of the final version of your thesis.
Please see the updated guidance in the Extraordinary Quality Handbook for final thesis submission and our practical tips for deposit during Covid-19 for more information

Check that your PhD thesis is online

Use the online thesis consent form to check and give the University permission for your complete PhD thesis to be made available online. Theses  prior to 2008 can only be made publicly available with the authors permission.

Evidence shows that alumni who allow their theses to be digitised and put into Southampton’s Institutional Repository, will see a dramatic improvement in their Google rankings. This visibility is good for your research and good for the University.


All University of Southampton higher degree theses are submitted in both paper and electronic form.

As well as the information available on the website, the Library also runs training sessions where we go over the issues pertaining to e-theses and can answer queries and discuss issues with you. These sessions are organised through Gradbook.

Publishing from your thesis

Some publishers may object to the thesis being so publicly available before they publish any articles or books based on research in the thesis while other publishers, for example Elsevier, have stated that they do not consider an e-thesis to be a prior-publication. However on balance we recommend that if you have not yet finished publishing from your thesis, the e-thesis is embargoed.

It is possible to add bibliographic information about the articles and books published from a thesis to the ePrints record. If you later want to add extra information to your thesis ePrints entry you should contact the ePrints team, email:

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For research data management queries please email

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Research Data

All researchers, including postgraduate research students, are required to follow the University Research Data Management Policy with regard to the deposit of research data. They can deposit any associated research data and research materials in PURE. Supervisors and students will need to agree this and sign it off on the 'Permission to Deposit Form'. Note: Restrictions on access to research data, where required, should be appropriate to the data. For the avoidance of doubt, section 51 Regulations for Research Degrees concerning embargo length does not apply.

See the Research Data Management and the Data Plan for your PhD pages for more information on the University's research data policies and a link to Southampton's PhD DMP template. All postgraduate research students are automatically enrolled on Data Management Plans for Doctoral Students Blackboard course.

A DOI for the data can be provided on request to enable citation.  Where appropriate, research data can be included in the list of accompanying material.