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Research degree thesis lodgement

Lodging your higher degree research thesis

The submission of higher degree research theses is managed by the Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Administration Centre.  Questions about the submission process should be directed to the HDRAC.

Digital deposit of theses awarded Prior to 2013

This information is for former Higher Degree by Research students who completed their studies prior to the implementation of electronic lodgement of theses. If you submitted a bound paper copy of your thesis to the University Library collection, you are also invited to make a digital copy available open access.

If your research thesis was awarded prior to June 2013 or you have lodged a paper copy of your PhD or research Masters thesis with the Library a digital copy of your thesis can be made available in Sydney eScholarship, the open access repository. To do this please contact the Repository and Digitisation Team at or your Academic Liaison Librarian who will advise on the process.


If your thesis contains material that you have published elsewhere (e.g. journal articles) you will need to get written permission from your publisher to do so. Copyright Services has drafted a sample permission letter for you to use.
For a comprehensive guide see Copyright and Your Thesis.

Granting permission

For the University of Sydney Library to make your thesis available online we need your permission. To do this, print out the copyright release form, read, sign, scan and send the completed form with your request along with your full name and the title of the thesis.