Submission details for students
The Library is grateful to receive copies of Masters (taught postgraduate) dissertations (MA, MSc, MBA, MRes, etc) in electronic format. Submission to the Library is optional.
Please submit your dissertation to your Academic Department/School as instructed and then make a separate submission to the Library.
- Please submit your dissertation as a single PDF file. The file should be no larger than 20MB, bearing in mind that some readers will have slower bandwidths for downloading.
- These dissertations will only be made available for electronic download within the University of Bath community. Additionally, they may be supplied to other libraries for the purposes of consultation.
- Dissertations will normally only be made available where the student has been awarded a degree with merit or distinction.
- In accordance with the University records retention schedule, dissertations will be removed after five years.
Copyright and permissions in electronic dissertations
It is good academic practice that you carefully consider the copyright of material from other sources in your dissertation. This is called third party copyright. You should seek permission where possible to use material from other sources - if this is not possible, you should discuss this with your supervisor before submitting your electronic copy.
The Society of Authors has very good information for students and authors who require permission to use copyrighted materials. They provide suggestions on how to go about seeking permission, and they provide guidance on the use of quotations as 'fair dealing' under the Copyright Act. A good place to start when searching for copyright holders is the Watch File.
When you submit your dissertation, we will ask that you give permission for the University to store and distribute your work, and also to confirm that you are the author of the whole work and have referenced other material appropriately.