Three Minute Thesis - 3MT

Faculty of Engineering & IT invites postgraduate research students to participate in the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. With cash prizes and the chance to travel to UQ Brisbane for the Asia-Pacific final on 29th September 2017, the event will include compelling presentations from Research Students on their thesis topic. This is an innovative and challenging way for Research students to communicate complex ideas about their research to a wide audience.

For your chance to be a part of this exciting opportunity:

  • Register and participate in the Faculty Heat. The finalists progresses straight to the University Open Heats for the chance to win cash prizes up to $1,000 and the chance to travel to UQ Brisbane for the Asia-Pacific final.
  • Register and participate for University Open Heats. Register online here by midnight Wednesday 20 July.

Check the 3MT Timeline for dates, times, and registration information.

3MT Timeline

Faculty Heat
Wednesday 12 July, 1:00pm-3:00pm (refreshments will be provided on the day)
Venue: Level 3, Lecture Theatre 1 Farrell, Peter Nicol Russell Building (J02)
Register with your name, Student ID and topic by Wednesday 5 July. You must register in order to participate.

University Open Heats
Tuesday 1 August
Wednesday 2 August
Thursday 3 August
Register online by midnight Wednesday 20 July

University Final Heat
Saturday 18 August

Faculty heat finalists progress straight to the University Final Heat on 18th August. If the winner is unable to attend the final, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition.


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 at all levels, including the AsiaPacific 3MT Competition. Graduates are not eligible.

Research Poster Template

Need advice on how to prepare for your one page presentation? Please download template guidelines here:

Read the 3MT Fine Print

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted. • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Read about the judging criteria

The adjudicating panel will normally consist of at least three people, who may be members of academic or professional staff, or external guests. The judges score each presentation out of ten for each of the four following criteria:

  1. Communication style - Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  2. Comprehension - Did the presentation help the audience understand the research? (Consider clarity of communication, the quality of expression, the structure of delivery ie, intro, body and conclusion.)
  3. Engagement - Did the oration make the judges want to know more? Scores will be tallied as a judging tool, but the winner shall be based on a panel consensus.

See here for more details on competition rules and judging criteria.

Enter the Faculty Heat

We strongly encourage all HDR students in Engineering & IT to enter the Faculty Heat taking place on Wednesday 12 July. Winners of Faculty Heat will automatically progress to the University Final.

To submit your entry, simply visit our Registration Page and complete the details with your name, student identification, and topic by Wednesday 5 July. If you have any questions, you're welcome to email us

To find out more please visit us at on the 3MT website. Why not grab some tips from the videos of finalists from around the world here and review the rules here.

Audience Registration

Want to be a part of this event? Please register here.