Three Minute Thesis 2019
3MT® is back! It's a race against time to present your 80,000 thesis in just 180 seconds.
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.
|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
||Education and Social Work
||Check back soon
||Check back soon|
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:
|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.
- Watch University of Auckland finalists: Previous finalists and winners
- Watch 3MT® finalists from around the world: Watch 3MT finalists
Check out the 3MT® competitor guide.