8. Availability of theses
8.1 It is a requirement for the award of the degree that one copy of a successful thesis is placed in the College Library and one copy in the University of London Library or the appropriate library of the School of Advanced Study [see footnote 1]. The College copy shall be the archival copy and shall be in hard-bound form.
8.2. Subject to paragraph 8.3 below, candidates for the MPhil and PhD degrees will at the time of entry to the examination be required to sign a declaration in the following terms:
(a) I authorise that the thesis presented by me in [year] for examination for the MPhil/PhD degree of the University of London shall, if a degree is awarded, be deposited in the library or electronic institutional repository of the appropriate College and in the University of London Library and that, subject to the conditions set out in paragraph 8.2(d) below, my thesis be made available for public reference, inter-library loan and copying.
(b) I authorise the College or University authorities as appropriate to supply a copy of the abstract of my thesis for inclusion in any published list of theses offered for higher degrees in British universities or in any supplement thereto, or for consultation in any central file of abstracts of such theses.
(c) I authorise the College and the University of London Libraries or their designated agents to make a microform or digital copy of my thesis for the purposes of electronic public access, inter-library loan and the supply of copies.
(d) I understand that before my thesis is made available for public reference, inter-library loan and copying, the following statement will have been included at the beginning of my thesisor clearly associated with any electronic version:
The copyright of this thesis rests with the author and no quotation from it or information derived from it may be published without the prior written consent of the author.
(e) I authorise the College and/or the University of London to make a microform or digital copy of my thesis in due course as the archival copy for permanent retention in substitution for the original copy.
(f) I warrant that this authorisation does not, to the best of my belief, infringe the rights of any third party.
(g) I understand that in the event of my thesis not being approved by the examiners, this declaration would become void.
8.3. A candidate may apply to the College for restriction of access, for a period not exceeding two years, to his/her thesis and/or the abstract of the thesis on the grounds of commercial exploitation or patenting or in very exceptional circumstances and in accordance with the procedure adopted by the College for consideration of such applications.
footnote 1 - provided that where, in the opinion of the College of registration, the thesis includes material that is of significance for national security, arrangements may be made, with the agreement of the graduate concerned, so that the copies of the thesis placed in the public domain may have certain parts excised from them; in such cases the copies of the thesis placed in the public domain shall include an accompanying statement indicating by whom and at what location the full thesis on which the award was made may be consulted.