Three Minute Thesis competition

An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Your time limit... 3 minutes.

The Three Minute Thesis competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by The University of Queensland, and now a major international competition, the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Open to all active PhD students, the competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Competition date: December 4 2017

Information Session: October 9 at 14.00, Similan 1 & 2


The first 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 students competing. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multinational event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans- Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010. 3MT competitions are now held in over 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide. 2016 brings an expansion of the Trans-Tasman 3MT competition to include a select number of Asian universities. The competition has now been renamed to the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.

Why participate?

Skills development for research candidates

The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research candidates’ ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Building research culture in schools and institutes

3MT provides a valuable opportunity for research higher degree candidates to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research.

Building external relations for the university

3MT winners may go on to represent their university at national and international 3MT competitions which provides an excellent networking and professional development opportunity. Previous 3MT finalists have benefited from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.


Prizes to be announced.


Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions.