Three Minute Thesis Competition

Graduate Research School

What is 3MT?

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland for PhD and Research Masters candidates. With just three minutes to give a compelling presentation on their thesis topic and its significance, the 3MT competition forces research candidates to consolidate their ideas and crystallise their research discoveries.

Why should l take part?

Watch our 3MT stars talk about why they entered 3MT and what happened when they did!



UNSW 3MT 2016 Interfaculty Final

8 September 
4:30pm to 7:30pm
Leighton Hall, Scientia
Click here for event detail

UNSW 3MT 2016 Prizes

  • First prize $3,000 plus entry into the 2016 Asia-Pacific Competition at the University of Queensland as well as the U21 final, a virtual event with judges watching video entries rather than live presentations
  • Runner-up prize $1,500
  • Third prize $500
  • People’s Choice prize $1,000
  • ASPIRE prize $500

ASPIRE is a UNSW widening participation program that works with school students to support their educational aspirations. This year at 3MT we will have some of the school students from this program as VIP guests, and they will be awarding a special ASPIRE Prize for the presentation they enjoy the most.

UNSW 3MT 2016 Faculty Heat details

Click here to find the dates and times of the 3MT faculty heats. 


Eligibility, Rules and Judging Criteria 

Click here to access the egilibility, rules and judging criteria for the competition. 

UNSW 3MT Interfaculty Final Judges and MC


Congratulations to all of our 2015 contestants for their wonderful presentations! Watch a clip about 3MT on UNSWTV and see pictures on the GRS facebook page.

  • 1st placeSusan Ireland, Healthy or Happy? Finding the Best of Both with Alternative Sweeteners- Click here to see the presentation on UNSWTV
  • Runner-up: Kejia Wang, Striding towards fewer falls: new insights into elderly gait - Click here to see the presentation on UNSWTV    
  • People's Choice Prize and ASPIRE Award: Scott Youlten, Skeletal Marriage Counselling - Click here to see the presentation on UNSWTV