The Institute of Historical Research has been collecting information about history PhDs and research Masters since the 1930s. You can browse or search the directory of theses completed from 1970 onwards, as well as current research in progress.

Please note that we are no longer producing a print version of this resource.

The online version (last revised 2017) will continue to be available here but is not currently being updated.

We are currently exploring new approaches to gathering this information in the future, and will ensure that the website is updated to reflect any new developments.

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Theses browse

Browse a full list of theses using any combination of the sitewide categories, or see them listed by institution.

Theses search

Search the entire theses database by title, author or supervisor.

A note on 'Theses in progress': for current research we have only listed theses that students or their representatives have given us express permission to include. If you are a postgraduate student registered at a UK university, and would like to have your thesis title included in 'Theses in Progress', please send your details to Please note that your thesis may not be added immediately.

To buy or borrow a thesis: to buy a thesis, you need to contact the library of the university where the thesis was written, or use the British Library's EThOS service.

Theses completed and theses in progress have been prepared from information supplied by university registrars, secretaries of faculty boards and heads of departments, to all of whom grateful acknowledgements are made.