Where to find postgraduate theses in palliative care 

Theses are a valuable source of information for research and development. Doctoral theses resulting from an extended period of focused original research, are peer reviewed before award of a doctorate qualification. Although the terms thesis and dissertation are sometimes used interchangeably, in some settings they may be used more specifically to distinguish between doctoral work and other higher degree research work e.g. towards a Masters or Honours qualification. They are a useful resource because:

  • they often represent new areas of research,
  • not all research is published through academic journals, and thesis may be the only publicly-available presentation of the work, and
  • they include extensive bibliographies and summaries of research available at the time of completion.


Trove is a collaboration between the National Library, Australia's State and Territory libraries and cultural and research institutions around Australia. With more than 130,000 theses predominately from Australian Institutes, searches can be filtered based on date and language. Visit Trove to search for theses.

International repositories:

New Zealand theses can be accessed and searched via nzresearch.or.nz, currently more than 28,000 theses are listed.

UK e-Theses Online Service (EThOS) is the UK’s national thesis service which aims to maximise the visibility and availability of the UK’s doctoral research theses. Approximately 144 institutions contribute to this database.

DART-Europe E-theses Portal is a partnership of research libraries and library consortia who are working together to improve global access to European research theses. Contributed to by 613 universities and 28 countries, DART-Europe is endorsed by LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche), and the European Working Group of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations(NDLTD).

Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD) is an international repository of theses and dissertations from 1100 universities and colleges, and contains more than four million entries.

Last updated 06 November 2023