Three Minute Thesis Competition

Graduate Research School

3mt Competition 2013

The 2014 UNSW 3MT Interfaculty Final is shaping up to be a fantastic event. If you are a UNSW research candidate you should start thinking about entering your faculty heat.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 contestants for their wonderful presentations! Watch a clip about 3MT on UNSWTV and see pictures on the GRS facebook page. 

  • 1st place: Sharon Savage, Giving words new life in dementia (Medicine) - Click here to see the presentation
  • Runner-up: Matthew Wright, A window to the future (Engineering) - Click here to see the presentation on UNSWTV
  • People's Choice Prize: Jim Plamondon, Music technology worth living for (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) - Click here to see the presentation 
  • ASPIRE Award: Amrita Kapur, Heeding the words of a toothless tiger: How can the ICC help deliver justice for rape victims? (Law) - Click here to see the presentation

2014 3MT Interfaculty Final

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.

UNSW 3MT 2014 Interfaculty Final

18 September
4:30pm to 7:30pm
Click here for event detail

UNSW Prizes 2014 Prizes

  • First prize $3,000 – plus entry into the 2014 Australia and New Zealand competition at the University of Western Sydney
  • Runner-up prize $1,500
  • 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 2014

UNSW 3MT Interfaculty Final Judges

The guest Judges for the 2014 are to be announced

UNSW 3MT 2014 - Eligibility, Rules and Judging Criteria


•    Candidates who are active in a higher degree research program
•    Candidates must be on track for timely completion
•    Graduates are not eligible
•    Competitors who are eligible at the time of entering the UNSW Interfaculty Final shall remain so for the Australia and New Zealand final


1) A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
2) No additional electronic media
3) No additional props
4) Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum – competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified
5) The decision of the adjudicating panel is final


1) Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
2) Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
3) Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

Previous UNSW 3MT Events

Previous UNSW 3MT Interfaculty Final Winners