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New to research: Your thesis

Find theses

Reading completed theses provide an important source for identifying current research in the area.
They also provide insight into current research activities and strengths at an institution, which may be valuable when deciding where to study.
To locate masters and doctoral theses from Curtin University search:
  • The catalogue for print and/or online theses.
  • espace, Curtin's repository for open access digital theses.

See the library website for further information on locating Australian and international theses.

Thesis preparation

When preparing your thesis for examination, it may take one of three forms:

  • typescript (a traditional thesis)
  • creative or literary work or series of works accompanied by an exegesis
  • published book or series of published papers, accompanied by an introduction, literature review and other supporting material

The Research at Curtin website has more information on Thesis Preparation.

Submit a Curtin thesis

Research students enrolled in a higher degree are required to submit a digital copy of the final version to the Library. 

An electronic, and where possible open access, version of the thesis will appear in:

You can find guidance about all the steps from submitting your thesis for examination to approval for graduation on the Preparing and submitting your thesis page.

For information on how you might revise your thesis for commercial publication see the Disseminate Research Findings LibGuide.

Present your thesis

Could you condense the years of study and research dedicated to your thesis into a succinct presentation for a general audience? This can be a fantastic way to develop your communication skills and look at things from a new perspective.


Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
This is an annual competition held in Universities across Australasia, where current HDR students must present their research in 3 minutes. See the Research at Curtin website for more information.


Dance Your PhD
This is an international contest sponsored by Science and AAAS. Scientists must explain their research through the most jargon-free medium available: interpretive dance.


WINNER of 2017 Dance Your PhD Contest (UC Santa Barbara)