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Theses: Queen's e-thesis

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

E-thesis and COVID-19 (Corona Virus)


  • Please be aware that it is not currently possible for you to submit copies of your print thesis owing to the COVID-9 situation. The print thesis will need to be submitted once campus reopens
  • Information about the current submission process can be found on the University's FAQS
  • You are still able and required, however, to upload an electronic version of your thesis via Pure
  • The approved version of your thesis must be submitted electronically in order for you to complete your thesis submission
  • You can access Pure remotely. Note, you do not need to be on campus to access this. Every PGR student has an account in Pure
  • If you have any questions about your electronic thesis please email Michael O'Connor @

Your e-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 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
  • If you have any questions, please contact the electronic thesis email:


            T: 02890 976163

Your thesis at Queen's

How do I deposit my e-thesis in Pure?

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. 

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 advantages to making your thesis open access:

  • Increased visibility for your thesis
  • Increased visibility for you as a researcher
  • Increased use of your research
  • 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)