Three Minute Thesis Competition 2018

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The three minute thesis is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.


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 Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.

SCU will select one student as their representative and will provide support to the student travelling to compete in Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. All competitors will be required to agree to media exposure for their presentation and research.

Please note: SCU will allow professional doctoral (coursework) candidates and masters candidates to compete at the SCU 3MT final and to win it, however SCU will select it's representative for the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition from the Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates. The winner and runner-up from each school will be selected to compete in the SCU final.

2018 Asia-Pacific 3MT competition details

  • Date: 27 September 2018
  • Venue: University of Queensland

SCU 3MT important dates

  • School Finals: No later than 20 July 2018
  • SCU Finals:  1 August 2018
  • Venue:   Lismore Campus B2.31

                     Gold Coast Campus B6.25

                     National Marine Science Centre 

                     Coffs Harbour Campus M.LG.13     

  • Time: 10.00 am  

SCU winner's name to host University

  • 14 September 2018

Please refer to the rules and judging criteria.

How to enter

Notify your School/Special Research Centre Director of Higher Degree Research Training:

  • Arts and Social Sciences - Dr Angela Coco
  • Education - Assoc. Prof. Amy Cutter-Mackenzie
  • Environmental Science and Engineering - Assoc. Prof Kirsten Benkendorff
  • Health and Human Sciences - Dr Joanne Bradbury
  • Law and Justice - Assoc. Prof. John Page
  • School of Business and Tourism - Assoc. Prof. Michael Charles
  • Southern Cross GeoScience - Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau
  • Southern Cross Plant Science - Assoc. Prof Bronwyn Barkla