Three Minute Thesis 2019

3MT® is back! It's a race against time to present your 80,000 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 are challenged to explain their entire research project to a general audience. The catch? They have just three minutes and a single static presentation slide.

Why take part?

3MT® is a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate postgraduate research. Your preparation for and participation in the competition will help you develop your ability to communicate the significance and outcomes of your research in a short space of time. It's a fantastic chance to practice your public speaking and perfect your presentation skills. You'll be in with a chance to win a cash prize and a chance to present your research nationally or internationally.

Check out competition prizes and sponsors.

How to get involved

Scroll down to find out how the competition works, how to enter, to get key dates and details, and to find useful resources including FREE presentation skills workshops for those who want to give the competition a go!

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.

In each heat, entrants compete against other students in their category - doctoral or masters - for a place in the University of Auckland Final.

University of Auckland Final

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

  • 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.

Enter the competition!

Confirmed doctoral candidates and research masters students are invited to enter their faculty heats. The Open Heat welcomes all confirmed doctoral candidates and research masters students whose faculty is not running a heat this year.

Faculty Apply now
Wednesday 22 May Arts
Click here to register for Arts heat
Thursday 23 May Science Click here to register for the Science heat
Tuesday 23 July Engineering (and ABI) Heat will open soon
Thursday 25 July Open heat
Click here to register for the Open heat
**Date TBC
Education and Social Work
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**Date TBC
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Competition finals

University of Auckland Finals

  • Tuesday 30 July: Practice session for finalists
  • Friday 9 August: University of Auckland 3MT® Final - all welcome!

Wider competition finals

  • 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)


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
Monday 29 April
FULLY BOOKED: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preparation workshop
Friday 10 May Hugh Kearns: Presenting your research with confidence
Wednesday 15 May
Presenting research at seminars, events and conferences [Doctoral only]
Wednesday 12 June
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preparation workshop
Tuesday 2 July
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) preparation workshop - Booking opens soon

Watch previous winners

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

Check out the 3MT® competitor guide.