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Massey University 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

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

What is it? 

This is a fun, fast-paced global competition developed by the University of Queensland to enhance your academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition was first held in 2008 and now has more than 900 universities in over 85 countries participating. Competitors are required to explain their research in three minutes, using one static slide to a non-specialist audience

Details about the 3MT competition along with previous winners can be seen here

For further details of the virtual competition see the Virtual 3MT Handbook

Why participate?

  • Crystalize your thinking
  • Increase your confidence
  • Develop a really useful skill set
  • Enhance your public profile, connections and networks
  • Improve your employability
  • Contribute to the public good

Key dates for competition

  • 3rd Aug - Deadline for submitting video (Extended)
  • 10th Aug - College winners announced
  • 20th Aug - Deadline for finalists to submit their video
  • 4th Sep - Overall winners announced
  • 11th Sep - Overall winner submitted to University of Queensland


  • Winner $1000
  • Runner Up $500
  • People’s Choice $250 
Register here

Rules for virtual competition

    1. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech (timing does not include the 3MT title slide and commences from when the competitor starts speaking, not the start of the video).
    2. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
    3. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
    4. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
    5. Videos must meet the following criteria:
      • Filmed on the horizontal;
      • Filmed on a plain background;
      • Filmed from a static position;
      • Filmed from one camera angle;
      • Contain a 3MT title slide;
      • Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/cut to)
    6. A single static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description). This can be visible continuously, or ‘cut to’ (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute or submitted via email if not included in the presentation.
    7. The 3 minute audio must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
    8. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.
    9. Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
    10. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
    11. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
    12. Submissions via video format (only video link provided to Event Coordinators). Files sent in other formats will not be accepted.

    Please note the following:

    • competitors *will not* be judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities (optional inclusions). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.
    • after each competition round competitors have the option to either submit their current presentation or rerecord and submit a new presentation for entry into the next round.





    3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) - Training Sessions

    Please find a number of recorded training sessions below to help you prepare for the next Massey University 3MT competition.

    Developing your 3MT Presentation

    This session will provide some helpful hints and tips on:

    Developing your narrative for the 3MT competition; this is not easy given the short time period and often complex subjects. How do you meet the judging criteria in three minutes?, and how to design a slide with impact and a clear message.

    3MT - Writing a Great Speech

    Learn top techniques for writing your three-minute speech and five common mistakes speakers make in the competition. Dr Heather Kavan lectures in Speech Writing and will share with you the tips and strategies she wishes she'd known when she was a PhD student explaining her research. When you've finished the session, you'll be on your way to writing a winning speech. Heather has been assisting with 3MT training for a number of years and this is an invaluable workshop for anyone looking to participate.

    Listen to Kate Blackwood share her experience - 3MT Finalist 2015

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