Submitting an e-thesis in Pure


Pure is the College’s research information system. For the PhD degree to be awarded, an electronic version of the thesis must be deposited into Pure.

Before submitting the e-thesis to Pure

  1. Read through the guide to understand what will need to be done
  2. Consider if an embargo needs to be placed on the e-thesis and read the instructions on page 6 of the guide
  3. Consider the copyright of any material within the thesis where the copyright is owned by a third party. For more information, please read the information on the Copyright for e-theses page. 

Guide to submitting PhD theses

For detailed step by step information on how to submit the e-thesis, please read the Guide on how to submit an e-thesis in Pure. 

If there are any questions about requesting an embargo period for the thesis, please consult the E-Thesis Submission Policy

After submitting the e-thesis

After records and files are added to Pure, checks take place on a monthly basis by the Doctoral School Team and by the Research Support Team, Library Services. The Library staff will add the award date. The record will then be made visible and the file(s) will also be made Open Access depending on whether Open or Embargoed was selected.

Please note that access will be lost to the Pure account once the degree is awarded (shortly after submitting the thesis). 

Following the launch of the new Pure Portal in November 2022, the personal profiles of former students will not be displayed on the Portal. The records for theses, other publications, projects and activities will continue to be displayed. Please see this page for more information.

Contact information

For general Pure enquiries, please email pure@royalholloway.ac.uk.

For enquiries about copyright or applying embargo periods for PhD theses, please contact openaccess@royalholloway.ac.uk.

For enquiries about the academic process, please see the Doctoral School site

Updated 7th November 2022


Copyright for theses