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Thesis Submission

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Print copies
Digital copy
Embargoes on Theses
What's next?

Soft-bound print copies

Masters theses: For thesis submission requirements see Masters Theses and Dissertations.

Higher Degree theses: For thesis submission requirements see the School of Graduate Research's webpage Submission for Examination.

Hard-bound print copies

Masters theses: After a thesis has been examined, passed and returned to a student, the student must, within three weeks, submit two hard-bound copies to the Student and Academic Services Desk in the Student Centre (07 838-4466 ext. 8018). For more information see their guide Masters Theses and Dissertations.

Higher Degree theses: After a thesis has been examined and passed, a student must submit two hard-bound copies to the School of Graduate Research. See also the School of Graduate Research's webpages on Submission for Examination and Submission for Completion.

One hardbound print copy will be archived permanently in the University of Waikato Library.

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Digital copy

A digital copy of your thesis must also be submitted to the University’s digital research repository, Research Commons.

Embargoes on theses

As freedom to exchange ideas and to publish acquired knowledge are fundamental to the purposes of a university, restrictions on freedom of access to dissertations and theses are acceptable only in limited circumstances. Embargoes on access to dissertations and theses, either in part or in full, require the written approval of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

The only grounds under which an embargo of a thesis or dissertation is likely to be approved, and even then for only a limited period, are:

  • If it is pending publication;
  • If it is pending the filing of a patent;
  • To allow for a sponsor of the research to comment;
  • To protect pre-existing commercial secrets of a sponsor;
  • If there is a pre-existing contractual obligation;
  • If restriction is necessary under the Privacy Act 1993 or the Official Information Act 1982.

If you wish to apply for an embargo you must apply as soon as possible using this form:
Application to Embargo / Restrict a Thesis.

What’s next?

A thesis or parts of a thesis are often subsequently published either as journal articles or as books. For more information or advice on publishing, check out the following:


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