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.

Enter the competition!

All eligible doctoral candidates and research masters students can register for their faculty heat via the links below. If your faculty is not putting on a heat this year, please join us at the Open heat instead.

Scroll down to read about how the competition works, find key dates for finalists and useful resources to help you plan your pitch.

Check your eligibility: Rules and entry conditions

Date
Heat
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Wednesday 22 May Arts
This heat is now over. Winners below.
Thursday 23 May Science This heat is now over. Winners below.
Tuesday 23 July Engineering and ABI Click here to register for the Engineering and ABI heat
Wednesday 24 July Education and Social Work Click here to register for the Education and Social Work heat
Thursday 25 July Open heat
Click here to register for the Open heat
Friday 26 July
Business
Click here to register for the Business heat

Book your ticket for the Final!

Cheer on our competitors as they battle it out against the clock then toast their success at the complimentary evening celebration.  

Friday 9 August. Book via Eventbrite: Three Minute Thesis Final.

2019 finalists

Doctoral category

Marco Grix | Philosophy (Faculty of Arts) | Topic: Liminal Practice Communities: The Ethics of Consumption.

Yadi Chen | Physiology (Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences) | Topic: Pharmacological regulation of the ocular lens internal water content and physiological optics.

Masters category

Scott Pilkington | Museums and Cultural History (Faculty of Arts) | Topic: How do we communicate science in museums in Aotearoa?

Mallory Sea | Marine Science (Faculty of Science) | Topic: Denitrification Rates in Restored Mussel Beds of the Hauraki Gulf.

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.

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)

Resources

Boost your presentation skills and confidence

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)

Watch previous participants

What does it take to be a winner? Look for inspiration in videos of other finalists and winners from the University of Auckland and across the globe.

Other resources