The Libraries hold all UCT masters and doctoral theses. Honours theses are kept by the academic departments to which they were submitted.
UCT Masters and Doctoral theses:
All UCT theses are available online through UCT's institutional repository, Open UCT.
Theses from other South African Universities:
- Some South African universities make their theses available electronically–check our e-Theses Links page.
- For theses that are not available electronically, UCT users should request a loan via our Interlibrary Loans Department. Normally the issuing institution will lend a hard copy, but microfiche copies may be supplied.
- Check the lists of institutions on ourETD Links page — the thesis you need may be freely available on the web.
- If not available on the web, theses from other parts of the world may be borrowed via our Interlibrary Loans Department. To ascertain costs and delivery times, UCT users should contact Interlibrary Loans.
- Theses borrowed from the British Library are normally supplied on microfilm for a loan period of no longer than 3 weeks. Most users therefore prefer to purchase their own copies of international theses.
- Users who wish to purchase theses from international institutions can order them online from ProQuest’s Dissertation Express facility.
- If the required thesis is not available from Proquest the user should consult the web site of the university to which the thesis was submitted for ordering information or contact details.
This page provides links to databases that index theses and to institutional repositories of theses and dissertations in electronic format (ETDs).
Please note: These links are currently being updated and some may not work
Databases that index theses:
Trove -- National Library of Australia's search & discovery tool for Australian and other resources, including theses.
CRL Catalog (Center for Research Libraries) -- Provides references to several hundred thousand masters and doctoral dissertations submitted around the world.
Current and Completed Research (South African) -- indexes masters and doctoral theses from the South African Universities, as well as research from the government, non-government and private sectors.
Cybertesis.NET -- Indexes theses and dissertations from over 30 universities around the world.
DATAD Online -- Database of African Theses and Dissertations from 11 African institutions.
Dissertation Abstracts / Proquest Dissertations and Theses A&I -- indexes dissertations and masters' theses at over 550 universities.
Ethos: Electronic Theses Online Service -- British Library’s portal providing access to all theses produced by UK Higher Education.
Kenyan Resources Database -- includes Kenyan theses and dissertations.
Namibian Theses and Dissertations
Navtech (SA Technikon research) -- indexes theses as well as current and completed research projects undertaken at South African Technikons and Universities of Technology.
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations -- Povides access to citations or full text of thousands of digital theses and dissertations from participating universities.
OAISter -- A collection of freely available, academically-oriented, digital resources.
PhdData:Index of Doctoral Dissertations in Progress -- Provides citations for several thousand doctoral dissertations in progress around the world.
Registry of Open Access Repositories -- Lists institutional repositories around the world containing electronic theses.
Union Catalogue of Theses and Dissertations (SA) -- Records theses and dissertations submitted to universities in South Africa since 1918.
WorldCat Dissertations and Theses -- Provides access to the dissertations and theses available in over 60,000 libraries.
Links to Institutions providing Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs)
Durban University of Technology
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town: Computer Science Research Document Archive
University of Johannesburg
University of Pretoria
University of the Free State
University of the Western Cape
University of the Witwatersrand
Auckland University of Technology
Australian Catholic University
Australian National University
Central Queensland University
Curtin University of Technology
Edith Cowan University
James Cook University
La Trobe University
Queensland University of Technology
Southern Cross University
Swinburne University of Technology
University of Adelaide
University of Auckland
University of Ballarat
University of Canberra
University of Canterbury
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of New South Wales at ADFA
University of Newcastle
University of Otago
University of Queensland
University of South Australia
University of Southern Queensland
University of Sydney
University of Tasmania
University of Technology Sydney
University of Western Australia
University of Western Sydney
University of Wollongong
Victoria University of Technology
Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Superieur (Abes) (French Universities)
Cranfield University, U.K.
DART-Europe E-theses Portal (DEEP) (European Universities)
Depósito de Dissertações e Teses Digitais (Portuguese Universities)
DissOnline: Digitale Dissertationen im Internet (German Universities)
DiVA (Nordic Universities)
Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Lund University, Sweden
Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa (Catalan Universities)
University of Hamburg, Germany
University of London
University of Nottingham, U.K.
University of Pisa, Italy
University of Technology Dresden, Germany
Brigham Young University
California Institute of Technology
Central Connecticut State University
East Tennessee State University
Louisiana State University
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
North Carolina State University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma State University
Pennsylvania State University
Texas A&M University
University of Florida
University of Kentucky
University of Maine
University of Missouri St. Louis
University of Notre Dame
University of Pittsburgh
University of Saskatchewan
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Wake Forest University
West Virginia University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Biblioteca Digital de Teses e Dissertações (BDTD) (Brazilian Universities)
Cybertesis Peru (Peruvian Universities)
University of Chile
University of Los Andes (SERBIULA), Venezuela
Asian and Middle-Eastern:
Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan
Hong Kong University
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
Middle East Technical University, Turkey