Technology dissertations

  • Many of the theses, dissertations, and final year projects written by the students of the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences are kept in the store room of Wheatley Library. We only keep those theses, dissertations, and projects that are awarded at least 60%. We store these theses, dissertations, and projects as they may be of interest to you, be relevant to an assignment you are working on, or give you an idea of how to structure and present your own thesis, dissertation, or project. You may request up to four dissertations, theses, or projects at a time, and they will be issued to you for a period of 4 hours only. No dissertation, thesis, or project may be taken out of the Library.

  • 1. Go to the Library catalogue and type in one or more words that describe what you are looking for (e.g. cloud computing) and click Search. This will give you a list of all the resources on the Library catalogue that match your keywords, including books, journals, and dissertations. To see only the dissertations, theses, and projects that match your keywords click the Dissertations and Theses Catalogue filter on the left hand side under the Refine Your Search heading. Use the Sorted by drop-down box to arrange your results by relevance, published date, title, or main author.

    Finally, you can see all the dissertations, theses, and projects written for a particular subject, with the most recently written at the top, by clicking the links below:


    2. If you would like to read a dissertation, thesis, or project then make a note of its shelfmark (e.g. C123, M16, E96) and take it to the Library counter. Dissertations, theses, and projects are issued to you for four hours, are only for use within the Library, and you may have up to four issued to you at a time.

    At the Library catalogue click More search options for the ability to search for dissertations by keyword, course, author, supervisor, and module number:

    • Keyword Searching: To search for a phrase use quotation marks (e.g. "motion capture") and to search for varied endings use the * as a wildcard (e.g. the search program* will find program, programming, programmer, programmable, etc.).
    • Searching by course : To search for theses by course enter the course name in the search box (e.g. MSc or M.Sc. (either will work), PhD, MPhil, BSc, MRes, MEng, Beng).
    • Searching by author: If you know the author of the dissertation you can add their name to your keywords (e.g. composite chassis smith). The safest approach is to only use the surname of the author as the author's first name is not always used.
    • Searching by supervisor: If you want to look for dissertations supervised by a particular member of staff then enter both their first and last names in the search box (e.g. peter reynolds).
    • Searching by module number: If you want to see the dissertations written for a particular module then enter the module number in the search box (e.g. U08096). Note: Before 2004/05 CCT and MEMS were known as the School of Technology and used different module numbers. Try substituting M for the U in the module name to find older projects (e.g. M08096 instead of U08096).

    I would like to see what dissertations, theses, and projects have been written on racing cars. I go to the Library catalogue and type rac* car* (rac* will find race and racing and car* will find car and cars) into the search box and click Search. The results that appear include books and journals so I click the filter on the left called Dissertations and Thesis Catalogue. The results now only include dissertations and thesis that match my rac* car* search.

    I am most interested in the dissertations written recently so I click on the Sorted by drop-down box (top right of the screen), select Published Date (most recent first), and click Sort. I look through the list and find two dissertations that look interesting. I write down their shelfmarks and take them to the Library counter. The Library staff at the counter get the two theses for me and I can now read them in the Library for the next four hours.

  • There is a PDF version of these instructions that you can download or print from