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Theses: Queen's e-thesis

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

Current PGR requirement for thesis submission

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

There are a number of major advantages to uploading your thesis into Pure: 

  • Increased visibility for your thesis 

  • Increased visibility for you as a researcher 

  • Increased use of your research. It is opened up to the entire world.

  • Theses are searchable via Queen's Research Portal, EThOS and online search engines such as Google

  • Greater citation for your work

  • Potential for increased recognition of your work 

  • Potential for greater collaboration opportunities and possible spin-off projects 

  • Digital preservation of your work electronically

  • Lowering the cost of submitting and handling, saving space, time, money and paper

  • It may be fulfil the requirement of your funder e.g. UKRI funded students 

  • It helps make your research FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)

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.

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