Three Minute Thesis 2019

3MT® is back! It's a race against time to present your 80,000 word thesis in just 180 seconds.

The challenge

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an exciting, fast-paced research communication competition held annually in universities across the globe. Participants who take up the challenge have to explain their entire research project to a general audience. The catch? They have just three minutes and a single static presentation slide.

2019 competition results

Follow the link below to find out what happened at our Three Minute Thesis Final 2019, which took place on 9 August.

Find out more: 2019 winners

Dates for finalists

  • Tuesday 30 July: Practice session for finalists
  • Friday 9 August: University of Auckland 3MT® Final - all welcome!
  • Thursday 22 August: NZ Inter-University Masters Final (Otago)
  • Friday 20 September: Universitas 21 3MT® competition deadline (Online)
  • Friday 4 October: 3MT® Asia-Pacific Final (Brisbane)

How the competition works

Faculty and Open Heats

The University of Auckland competition is structured in heats: faculty heats and an Open Heat for students without a faculty heat. Each heat will put forward a Masters and a Doctoral winner to go through and compete in the University of Auckland Final.

University of Auckland Final

At the Final, heat winners will battle it out for the following awards:

  • Doctoral category winner
  • Doctoral category runner-up
  • Masters category winner
  • Masters category runner-up
  • People's Choice

The doctoral winner will go on to compete in the Asia-Pacific Final Competition at the University of Queensland and the U21 3MT® competition. The masters winner will go on to compete in the Masters Inter-University Challenge.

Useful resources

Watch winning presentations

See what it takes to be the best by watching these videos of previous winners:

Asia-Pacific Final winners

University of Auckland Final winners 2018

Articles and videos

Join a presentation workshop or 3MT® session

Want to build your confidence, your presentation skills and give yourself a head start in the competition? There are several workshops available to you:

Date Workshop
Mon 29 April
FULLY BOOKED: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preparation workshop
Fri 10 May FULLY BOOKED: Hugh Kearns: Presenting your research with confidence
Wed 15 May
FULLY BOOKED: Presenting research at seminars, events and conferences [Doctoral only]
Wed 12 June
FULLY BOOKED: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preparation workshop
Wed 19 June Presenting research at seminars, events and conferences [Doctoral only]
Tue 2 July
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preparation workshop
Wed 3 July Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preparation workshop (Epsom campus)