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3 Minute Thesis

3 Minute Thesis is an international competition that features PhD students from over 55 institutions across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It challenges you to tell the story of your research: what you are doing, why it matters, and what you hope to achieve, in three minutes.

The competition celebrates exciting research conducted by PhD students and cultivates academic, presentation and research communication skills. Developing these skills is useful for securing funding opportunities, meeting collaborators and networking with other HDR students. 

What's involved

3 Minute Thesis is a three-minute presentation summarising your research, and its value to society, in front of a non-specialist audience.

University finals are held each year during Innovation Week, in late July. The winner of the University final will compete at the national finals against winners from other universities. 

For any enquiries contact Atchana Santhirathas at


You are eligible to enter the competition at all levels, if you are a current PhD or Professional Doctorate (Research) candidate and have successfully passed your first-year integrity milestone check by the date of your first presentation (including if your thesis is under submission). 

You are not eligible to apply if you have graduated.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 have closed. Applications for the next competition will open in early 2019. A link to the online application form will be available here when applications open. The 3MT website has a variety of resources available to help you prepare your entry.

You can find a guide to preparing your entry, and rules for the competition on the 3 Minute Thesis website. 

2018 results

Winner - Hema Umapathy (Faculty of Medicine and Health)

Runner Up - William Allington (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)


Last updated: 22 August 2018

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