Embargoing a thesis

Public funders recognise that factors such as commercial, collaborative or publication arrangements may necessitate
a delay in the process of making a thesis openly accessible, and where this is the case, an embargo may be necessary.  The maximum length of embargo permitted by public funders is usually 12 months, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Students are permitted to embargo their thesis under certain conditions, e.g. where there are commercial sensitivities or where it is necessary to delay access to a thesis until after publication of results. Both print and electronic theses can be embargoed. Decisions on whether an embargo is required and how long is appropriate should be taken by the student in consultation with their supervisor and must take account of the need to ensure that research is made available as soon as possible and a consideration of the benefits that early publication can bring.

Faculties have agreed a maximum length of embargo that can be applied without any additional permission.  These are as follows:

Arts & Humanities 1 year
Engineering 1 year
Medicine, Dentistry & Health 2 years
Science 5 years
Social Sciences 3 years

Requests for embargoes that exceed the above Faculty thresholds will require Faculty consideration and may not be approved. A form is available to request an extended embargo.  Please note that if a request for an extended embargo is not approved only the maximum embargo permitted by the Faculty will be applied. 

If an embargo is required, this must be indicated on the Access to Thesis. Students are responsible for setting any embargo options at the point they upload their eThesis to the White Rose eTheses Online server.  Failure to set an embargo may result in your ethesis being made publicly available.