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Research Commons: Tukunga Tuhinga Whakapae | Thesis Deposit

A guide to Research Commons - University of Waikato's home for open access research

Preparing your files for deposit

Complete this process before you fill in the online deposit form. Please note that to create your PDFs and complete the deposit process may take 20 – 30 minutes.

Create a PDF of your Thesis

  • Save your completed PDF with the file name:thesis
  • It is important not to put any security restrictions on your PDF. This interferes with the ability of the Library to preserve your digital thesis into the future.

Word 2007 and onwards

If you have Word 2007 and onwards you can convert your Word Document to a PDF file using the Save As option. Choose PDF from the save as type drop down menu.

If you have trouble converting your thesis to PDF please reach out to the Library at for assistance. 

Supplementary material

If your work includes supplementary material such as images, sound or movie files and data that are separate from the text of the main thesis, please deposit them along with your thesis document. It is best to name these files with a descriptive name, for example, fishdata.xls. Multiple files can also be included in a .zip format. Research Commons supports most file formats. If you have any queries about this process, please contact the Library at

Deposit your thesis

If you are currently logged into the University of Waikato environment, you can select from the following links. If you are met with a login screen, follow the login instructions.

Login Instructions

To deposit your thesis, follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into Research Commons


  1. Select the Theses community

  1. Select either Masters Degree or Higher Degree collections

  2. Click deposit and complete the form

Please log in using your Waikato student email address. When completing your submission, be sure to include an email address that you check regularly for updates on your submission status (in the preferred email address field) as your student email address will be deactivated at a later date. University staff will review the information you provide after you submit the form. For more details about this process, please refer to Thesis Submission: After Submission.

If you have any problems with the deposit process, please contact the Library at

Need Help?

For assistance, reach out to the Open Research Team at