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Music in Australia

This guide will point you to resources in Australian music at the University of Melbourne Library and beyond.

University of Melbourne Theses

University of Melbourne theses can be identified in the Library CatalogueSelect the Theses search or limit your search to University of Melbourne Theses. You can search by author or title. 

If there is a digital thesis available, there will be a link to it in the catalogue record that says "Connect to thesis".

Digital theses can also be found through a Subject Search in the catalogue under "Internet access to thesis" Use the "Limit this search" option to add another term.

Further help may be found in the Finding Theses library guide.

Finding University of Melbourne Music Theses

Masters by Research and PhD theses completed at the University of Melbourne are listed in the Library Catalogue and can be searched by the usual author, title, subject and keyword options, and also by limiting your search to 'University of Melbourne Theses.'

The theses are archival copies that can only be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library. They are not available for loan. Requests to view a thesis should be made in advance. Please give four days' notice for theses that are older than the current 10 years.

For a comprehensive list of music theses completed in all faculties and departments of the University of Melbourne, use a KEYWORD search:

  • For theses from the Faculty of Music (to 2009)  and the Faculty of  the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2009- ) use keywords "music thesis university melbourne".
  • For theses from the Victorian College of the Arts pre 2007, and the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts 2007-2009 use keywords "music thesis victorian college arts".

Music PhD and Masters Research theses are also listed and searchable in Minerva-Access, the University's digital repository.  See the VCA & MCM Community on Minerva. Links are provided where a thesis is available for open access.


Paper indexes to music theses:

  • can be found using library catalogues.
  • are not as up-to-date as online listings.
  • Also, many research bibliographies list theses. Some examples are:
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Find Australian theses

The Australasian Digital Theses Program database ceased operation at the end of 2010. The content of that database will be accessible from the National Library of Australia’s Trove service. 

Finding theses by topic on Trove

Search all Australian theses on Trove

Search all Australian digital theses on Trove

Enter keywords in search box. Results will be limited to Australian theses only.

Note: If you search digital theses, results will be limited to digital theses only. This icon indicates online availability.

Click to access full-text.

Finding theses by institution on Trove

Use Trove to find theses by university.To limit results by institution, go to Search the ADT - Member Institution Views

The Trove links populate the search box with the code for the university concerned e.g. nuc:VMOU (for Monash University). Type your search term(s) after this code, rather than overwriting it, to limit your results to the university concerned. If you do not find the thesis you are looking for, try unticking the "Available online" box - it may not yet be digitised.

Find International Theses