University Of Cambridge Dissertation

Guidance sessions for Second year students considering whether to do a dissertation in Part II:

Doing a Dissertation: Getting started on research

Friday 26 January 2018 2-3pm, LG18, Law Facultywith Dr Andrew Arsan

Dissertation Drop-In for Undergraduates

Friday 26 January 2018 3-4.30pm, Room 6, Faculty of History

Lecturers, potential supervisors, current students, and special collections staff will be on-hand to answer all your questions. Come for as little or as long as you like. All undergraduates welcome. 

Doing a Dissertation II: Online research resources

Friday 9 March 2018 2-3pm, LG18, Law Faculty with Dr Linda Washington (Seeley Librarian)
A further session introducing dissertation work, with an accent on research skills, and finding sources, including web resources.

You can find more guidance about dissertation research on the Seeley Library's dissertations page.

Essential reading for students undertaking a dissertation:

  • History Faculty Style Guide - guidance on the compulsory form and style of dissertations submitted for examination (including word count, presentation, footnotes and bibliography).
  • Oral History Guidelines - for those conducting interviews as part of their research - including Approval Form and Participant's Consent Form. 

Finding print dissertations

The University Library holds all Cambridge dissertations from 1921 onwards and they can be ordered from the Manuscript Reading Room (01223 333143, They can't be borrowed or supplied for inter-library loan.

Information on finding theses and dissertations can be found on the Theses Libguide.   Details of all Cambridge theses approved since 1970 can be found using iDiscover. They are also listed in the EThOS database.

Copying of Cambridge dissertations is subject to regulations made by the Board of Graduate Studies. Personal applications for the purchase of copies of dissertations for private research can be directed to the Digital Content Unit (; email There is a charge for this. To purchase dissertations on behalf of an institution (e.g. for library stock) the author's permission is required before a copy can be supplied.

Finding digitised dissertations

Apollo, the University's institutional repository, holds full-text digital versions of several hundred Cambridge PhD. theses. This is a rapidly growing collection deposited on a voluntary basis.


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