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Theses: Queen's e-thesis

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

Your e-thesis at Queen's

All Queen’s Postgraduate Research students are required to upload an electronic copy of their final thesis to Pure. This is a requirement to successfully graduate 

  • 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 at the address below 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. The full text of the thesis will only be available if you have not applied any embargoes
  • If you have any questions, please contact the electronic thesis email:


            T: 02890 976163

Your thesis at Queen's

Creating your e-thesis record in Pure

Finding Pure and logging in

Pure and Research Portal. An introduction

How do I request an embargo?

If you want to embargo your e-thesis you must indicate this on the Thesis Deposit Form. Please upload the Thesis Deposit Form to Pure with your e-thesis record. You can also apply the embargo length and reason when you are adding your e-thesis to Pure

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

If you wish to discuss publication planning and embargo options, please contact Michael O'Connor, the Repository Manager:


UKRI 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 UKRI 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.

What are the benefits of e-thesis?


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

  • Increased visibility for your thesis
  • Increased visibility for you as a researcher
  • Increased use of your research
  • Thesis is more likely to be read and cited
  • Research will appear prominently in search engine result and authoritative online sources
  • Potential for increased recognition of your work
  • Potential for greater collaboration opportunities and possible spin-off projects
  • Digital preservation of your work
  • It may be fulfill the requirement of your funder e.g. UKRI funded students
  • It helps make your research FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)
  • A stable, long-terms URL which you can use to promote your work
  • Long-terms preservation of your research