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Find theses and dissertations completed by AUT students, students from NZ universities and universities worldwide.

About this guide

This guide aims to help you find AUT, national and international theses and dissertations. You may also find the resources related to thesis writing helpful.

Definitions - thesis, dissertation, exegesis

What is the difference?

At AUT, a thesis is associated with either a Doctoral or a Master's degree. It is a substantial piece of original research. A dissertation is associated with either a Master's or a Bachelor's degree with Honours and may be a smaller piece of research or a critical analysis and evaluation of the literature related to a topic.

What is an exegesis?

This is the written component of a practice-based thesis where the major output is a creative work. The exegesis constitutes at least 20% of the thesis. 

ETD

ETD is a frequently used abbreviation for electronic thesis or dissertation and refers to a thesis/dissertation available online.

 

Note: in universities in some other parts of the world such as North America, a dissertation is usually associated with a doctoral degree and a thesis with a master's degree. This is important to know when searching for theses/dissertations from other countries.

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