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Theses and Dissertations: Deposit your thesis/dissertation

Doctoral and Master's thesis/dissertation/exegesis

In order to be eligible to graduate, Doctoral and Masters' students must deposit a digital copy of your thesis/dissertation/exegesis in AUT's open access repository Scholarly Commons.

Before beginning your online deposit:

  • Read our online guide to find out the deposit process, document format/layout and other requirements.

If you have any queries you may email the Research Repository Administrator or phone (09) 921 9999 ext 6066.


Benefits of making your thesis online:

  • Your digital thesis/dissertation/exegesis will be viewable around the world by anyone who has Internet access.
  • Your thesis will have a permanent web address which could be included in your CV, job applications, future research proposals, etc.


News! From 1st September 2017, postgraduate students are no longer required to deposit a hard copy thesis to the Library.

Can I restrict access to my thesis/dissertation/exegesis?

If your thesis or dissertation includes confidential or sensitive information, you may apply to your faculty postgraduate committee for an embargo on your thesis/dissertation.

Application must be made prior to examination using this form:

PGR16 - Application for restricted access to a thesis/dissertation/exegesis

  • If an embargo is approved, the digital copy of your thesis must still be deposited but the full text of the digital copy will not be made available on Scholarly Commons until the embargo has expired.

Need more information? Consult the AUT Postgraduate Handbook - see Confidential Material (page 128).

Converting to PDF (for your digital copy)

All AUT networked PCs have software for converting Word documents to Adobe Acrobat PDF format. For help, contact the ICT Service Desk. 

If you are unable to convert your files to PDF, please deposit them in any format and the Research Repository Administrator will convert them to a PDF file.

Offers from publishers

Some AUT students who have deposited their thesis/dissertation/exegesis on Scholarly Commons later receive an email from a publisher with an offer to publish their research as a book. Typically such emails come from a publisher called VDM (Verlag Dr. Mueller) and its associates such as LAP (Lambert Academic Publishing). These are "Print on Demand" (POD) publishers.

It is your thesis and you retain the copyright so you are entitled to accept such an offer but AUT advises you not to.

For more information, read this FAQ What should I do if a publisher contracts me with an offer to publish my thesis/dissertation as a book? on our Scholarly Commons guide.