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Finding and obtaining theses

How to find theses published at RMIT University, other Australian universities, and overseas. Also covers how to get and submit theses at RMIT University.

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About the RMIT theses collection

The RMIT theses collection consists of the research outcomes of RMIT Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy candidates (including theses and dissertations), who have successfully completed their degree.

Digital theses/
June 2006 onwards Available from the RMIT Research Repository
Microfiche copies Selected, 1966-2002 Ask at the Bundoora Library Service Desk

Coursework and minor theses generally are not kept in the Library. Contact the relevant School for these items.

Project-based research dissertations

At RMIT, a Masters by Research or Doctor of Philosophy candidate undertaking project-based research submits a product or artefact(s) (or a record thereof) and a dissertation which outlines and defines the purpose and theoretical basis of the work. There may also be a recording of an oral presentation made by the candidate where required.

Finding RMIT theses and dissertations

The RMIT Research Repository contains digital copies of RMIT Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy degree outcomes. To find them:

  1. Go to the RMIT Research Repository and and click on the Theses Search for RMIT University theses Box.

Thesis Search Box


  1. This will present a list of all RMIT University theses listed in the Research Repository.

List of theses in the Research Repository


You can refine your search results using the facets on the left hand side of the search results list. 



Alternatively, you can limit your search to the Dissertations & Theses search scope and enter in some keywords, e.g. photonics

Thesis Search Scope


Thesis Search Scope results

Obtaining ​/ accessing an ​RMIT thesis or dissertation

To access pre-2006 RMIT theses/dissertations for research or study purposes, RMIT students or staff can submit a request for Document Delivery who will supply a copy of the work.

  • Locate the thesis using LibrarySearch (NOTE: They will display a location of Bundoora Storage in LibrarySearch. )
  • Record the title and call number
  • Email your request for digitisation to OR submit the request using the online Document Delivery request form

Note that conditions apply for requests from other institutions.

Please note also that there are a number of art-related theses in the RMIT Swanston Library Special Collection room. The LibrarySearch record will indicate Swanston Thesis Collection and the call number will include the THR prefix. Please enquire at the Swanston Library Service Desk.