Three Minute Thesis Competition 2019

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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.

2019 Asia-Pacific 3MT competition details

  • Date: Friday 4 October 2019
  • Venue: University of Queensland

SCU 3MT important dates

  • School Finals: No later than 1 August 2019
  • SCU Finals:  21 August 2019
  • Venue:    Lismore Campus B2.31

                       Gold Coast Campus B5.40

                       National Marine Science Centre A3.41

                       Coffs Harbour Campus A1.20  

  • Time: 10.00 am  

SCU winner's name to host University

  • TBC

Please refer to the rules and judging criteria.

How to enter

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

  • School of Arts and Social Sciences - Associate Professor Annie Mitchell 
  • School of Education - Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles
  • School of Environmental Science and Engineering - Professor Kirsten Benkendorff
  • School of Health and Human Sciences - Professor John Hurley 
  • School of Law and Justice - Associate Professor John Page
  • School of Business and Tourism - Associate Professor Michael Charles
  • Southern Cross GeoScience - Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau
  • Southern Cross Plant Science - Dr Ben Liu
  • GNIBI - Dr Cathy Howlett