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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.

Submitting your thesis

All RMIT theses (as described below) which are classified as fully completed after 1st June 2006 must be submitted electronically.

Where it is determined that a thesis/project is not suitable for digital archiving alternative provisions are made.

What can be deposited?

Your thesis must be:

  • PhD, Professional Doctorate or Masters (by research)
  • the outcome of a program of research at RMIT University
  • fully completed. This means it must have been submitted for examination, examined, classified as ‘Passed’, amended in accordance with any examiners’ comments and signed off as ready for final archival submission.(See section 10 of the HDR Thesis/Project Submission and Examination Policy Process).

Steps for depositing a thesis

Please refer to the Archival of thesis or project page for instructions.

Theses in the RMIT Research Repository

The RMIT Research Repository is the central location for all RMIT University digital theses.

The RMIT Library receives the final electronic copy from the School of Graduate Research and is responsible for uploading the thesis/project onto the RMIT Research Repository.

Restrictions on access

If a request to restrict access to the thesis/project has been approved, the electronic copy of the thesis will be held in the SGR for the approved time (up to three years) prior to release to the Library.

Copyright and restricted content

The content of the RMIT Research Repository is open to the public, so it is important that you check your thesis for any material that is subject to copyright, such as tables, illustrations, graphs and photographs. Such items may be not your own work, or they might be your own published work that is already under copyright or restriction. To include this copyright material in your thesis or Appropriate Durable Record (ADR), you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owners.

Where permission has not been granted for the material to be republished on the web, it will be necessary to supply two electronic copies of your thesis or Appropriate Durable Record (ADR):

  1. One full and complete copy to be hosted on a restricted Library server and made available for educational use only.
  2. A copy with all third-party copyright works removed to be available online, from the RMIT Research Repository.

Wanting to include a copy of your published journal article within your thesis? Check for any restrictions your publisher might have regarding this.

More information and advice regarding copyright issues can be obtained from the University’s Copyright Management Service.

If you have any queries about the process you can contact .

RMIT theses published prior to 2006

Do you want your print thesis digitised?

The Library is engaged in a project to make the university's research output more accessible by digitising the back collection of RMIT higher degree theses and making the digital copy available worldwide through the RMIT Research Repository.

The full text of a thesis can only be made publicly available online with the permission of the original author. The Library is now seeking permission from past higher degree graduates who are happy to allow their theses to be published online.

Participation in the Research Repository means that a record of your research can be found by Google and other major search engines.

If you would like to make the full text of your thesis available please contact the Document Delivery Services.

Publishing from your research and embargo

The RMIT University Library receives the final electronic archival copy of your thesis/project from the School of Graduate Research and makes it freely available online via the RMIT Research Repository, unless there is an embargo in place. Grounds for an embargo are detailed in section 21 of the Higher Degrees by Research Policy. Note that proposing to publish from your thesis/project is not adequate grounds for an embargo.

Providing your thesis/project to the Repository does not prevent you from publishing additional outputs, as long as you reference the thesis/project and follow the terms of the publication agreement. It is highly recommend that you examine the publication agreement carefully and obtain legal advice before signing, especially if you are unsure about how the agreement will impact your intellectual property rights.