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Research: Theses

Library support for postgraduate students and researchers

How to find ECU Theses

ECU Doctorates, Masters and First Class Honours theses

  • the fulltext of most theses are available online through ECU's institutional repository Research Online.
    • at the author's request, the fulltext of some theses are restricted to current ECU staff and students - please email
  • bound print copies of some thesis (pre-2011) are held in storage at Joondalup Library workroom. These theses may be borrowed by placing a request by email to or ask a staff member at a campus Library Desk.

How to find theses from other institutions

Publishing Your Thesis as a Book

The goal of researchers in particular subject areas, such as the humanities, is to publish their work as a single authored book. If you are considering publishing your thesis as a book it is important to critically assess who you are going to publish your work with.

Useful information for authors can be found at the Australian Society of Authors website.

Pros & Cons of placing an embargo on your thesis?

Including Published Articles in a Thesis

In accord with ECU Policy ac063 Postgraduate Research: Thesis with Publication a HDR candidate can produce a Thesis with Publication, which " a combination of publishable work based on original research and a substantive written, integrating component." These publications can include journal articles. As a result, candidates can publish their ongoing HDR research in journals, which can then form part of their Thesis with Publication.

It is important to note however, that Copyright policies vary from journal to journal and it essential that authors check the copyright policy of each journal to establish if there are any restrictions on including a published article in the open access version of thesis on Research Online - one option available is that open access version of the thesis could exclude relevant Copyright chapters.