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Scholarly Communication


The research undertaken by our body of PhD students is a significant national asset held in the form of theses. Until recently only hardbound copies of theses were collected and catalogued by the University Library. Users could read these on-site in Cambridge or order a digitisation of the thesis.

Our university repository, Apollo holds several thousand digitised theses. Many of these are Open Access. Theses in the repository are able to be requested for research purposes.

Any alumni who wish to have their thesis digitised and made open access are welcomed.

Following a decision made by the Board of Graduate Studies at its meeting on 4 July 2017, from 1 October 2017 all PhD students are required to deposit both a hard copy and an electronic copy of their thesis to the University Library. This means that the collection of this valuable research at the University will continue to grow into the future.

These pages contain information for PhD students about requirements to deposit their theses and advice on how to manage this process. They also contain information for potential researchers and readers of theses.