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Copyright and your eThesis: Queen's e-thesis

This guide is intended to provide advice to PGR students on their eThesis

Your thesis at Queen's

Queen’s Postgraduate Research students registered from September 2016 onwards are required to upload an electronic copy of their final thesis to Pure, in addition to submitting the standard two print copies to Student Services and Systems. 

  • Please note that as a Postgraduate Research student your Pure profile exists only for a set period.
  • Often, access to Pure may expire before you graduate.
  • It is imperative therefore that you upload the copy of your thesis to Pure as soon as possible and before your Pure account expires.
  • If you no longer have access to Pure and have yet to upload, you can email the OA Team and your e-thesis will be uploaded on your behalf.
  • Further details about the dates of your Pure access will be found in your Pure record.
  • Once an electronic copy of the final thesis has been uploaded to Pure, it will become Open Access i.e. visible on Queen's Research Portal.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Institutional Repository Officer:


            T: 02890 976163

Your thesis at Queen's

RCUK funded students

For Postgraduate Research students who are funded by the UK Research Councils, there are particular terms and conditions regarding their funding:

  1. The thesis should be deposited as soon as possible and available no later than 12 months following award of the doctorate. This means applying for an embargo for a period not exceeding 12 months following the award.

  2. The research ought also to acknowledge receipt of Research Council funding.

Note that RCUK funding is covered by the following councils: AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC & STFC.

Please see Research Council Training Grant Guide (nos. 91-92) for further information.

How do I deposit my e-thesis in Pure?

What are the benefits of e-thesis?

There are a number of advantages to making your thesis open access:

  • Increased visibility for your thesis
  • Increased use of your research
  • Potential for increased recognition of your work and collaboration opportunities
  • Digital preservation of your work

How do I request an embargo?

If you want to embargo your eThesis you must indicate this on the Thesis Deposit Form that is included with the two hard bound copies you submit to Student Services and Systems. You can also apply the embargo length and reason when you are adding your eThesis to Pure. 

The Open Access Team will cross check the embargo in Pure with the embargo information provided in the Thesis Deposit Form.