Find theses and research reports , Rapu ēnei me ngā pūrongo rangahau

Learn how to find theses and research reports written at Massey University, other universities in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.

Finding a thesis

Recent theses are often openly available online. If the thesis you want is not available online, we may be able to borrow it on your behalf through interlibrary loan.

You'll need to fill in an interlibrary loan request. Some theses can only be read at a Massey University campus library.

If a thesis is particularly expensive to get, we may ask you to contribute towards the cost.

Massey University theses

The Library holds a print or digital copy of every master's and doctoral thesis completed at Massey University

You can find most theses at Massey Research Online, an archive of the university’s research that anyone can read and download.

Look for theses at Massey Research Online

Search for theses in Discover

You can also search Discover for Massey theses. Either:

  • add the words Massey thesis as keywords in the Search box, or
  • search for keywords as usual, and on the Results page, limit your results by Source: Dissertations/Thesis.

Go to Discover to look for theses

Find exceptional theses

Search the Dean’s list of exceptional theses for Massey theses that show outstanding research, analytical content, communication and presentation.

See the Dean’s list of exceptional theses

Search for Māori theses

Use these saved Discover searches to see Māori theses:

Get Pacific theses

Pacific theses are in Massey Research Online, in the Pacific policy and research centre community.

Find Pacific theses in the Pacific Research and Policy Centre community

Theses from other New Zealand universities and wānanga

Visit NZ Research to find theses and other resources produced at New Zealand universities, polytechnics and research institutions (excluding wānanga).

Find theses at NZ Research

You can also search for theses in the New Zealand libraries’ catalogue, Te Puna. Just add thesis as a keyword.

Go to Te Puna to look for theses

If you’re looking for a specific thesis, search in the library of the university it was written at. Many masters and doctoral theses are open access – this means they’re available for anyone to read online.

Find theses produced by wānanga

To find theses produced by wānanga, search each catalogue individually. Not all theses may be online. Contact the wānanga to ask about access.

Te Wānanga o Raukawa

Te Wānanga o Raukawa library catalogue

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa library catalogue

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi library catalogue

Overseas theses

There are many online databases where you can find theses to read online or download. The one that’s most useful for you will depend on:

  • the subject you want to find theses on
  • whether you’re looking for theses from a particular institution or place.


Trove contains almost a million theses, including some New Zealand ones. Search for keywords, then refine your results to 'thesis'.

Visit Trove to find theses from Australia

Learn more about how to search on Trove

South Pacific

Search the University of the South Pacific (USP) library catalogue to find digitised theses on the Pacific islands and peoples by Pacific and non-Pacific researchers.

See a list of theses from the USP library catalogue

The University of Hawai'i's Center for Pacific Islands Studies publishes its masters theses online.

Read masters theses at Pacific Islands Studies student research

United Kingdom

Find over 500,000 doctoral theses from the UK at EThoS (the Electronic Theses online Service). You can read many of the theses on EThoS online – but if the one you want isn't available, you can order a scanned copy.

Visit EThoS to find UK theses


Use DART-Europe to find theses written at European universities. All the theses on DART are full-text, so you can read them online or download them.

Go to DART-Europe to find theses from European universities


Get theses from Canadian universities at Theses Canada. You can:

  • read most theses written after 1998 online
  • get citation and abstract information for theses written between 1965 and 1998.

Visit Theses Canada to find Canadian theses

Massey research reports

Research reports are short pieces of original research into a topic, usually written by postgraduate students. The Library has some (but not all) research reports written by Massey University students. You can find these:

  • at Massey Research Online
  • in Discover, by adding 'Massey research report' to the keywords you search for.

Go to Massey Research Online to search for research reports

Go to Discover to search for research reports

Contact a subject or Māori services librarian

We're here to help you find the resources you need for your research. Ask a librarian by email, over the phone, or at a service point in any campus library.