Rules and entry conditions

Rules and entry terms and conditions for the University's 3MT competition.


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration. No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • Competition heats may select a maximum of one [1] winner and one [1] runner-up from the doctoral category AND one [1] winner and one [1] runner-up from the masters category. A draw is not permitted.
  • Heat winners are automatically entered into the University's Three Minute Thesis Final. If the heat winner is unable to take part in the Final, a runner-up may take their place provided that (1) the runner-up competed in the same category as the winner (doctoral or masters) and (2) the runner-up was named as such during the heat.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.

Entry terms and conditions

  • Entries are open to research masters students and doctoral candidates undertaking research. Masters students must be currently enrolled in a research project of 90 points or more; doctoral candidates must have successfully passed their confirmation milestones (no longer in their Provisional Year). Doctoral and masters candidates whose theses are under examination by the date of their first presentation, are eligible to compete. Graduates are not eligible.
  • Currently enrolled students at the University of Auckland who meet the above criteria are eligible to enter.
  • Finalists will be required to agree to media exposure for their presentation and research.
  • The doctoral winner will compete in the Asia-Pacific 3MT® at the University of Queensland, Australia. If the candidate is unavailable during that time, the runner-up may be invited to represent the University instead.
  • The masters winner will compete in the Masters 3MT® Inter-University Challenge. If the candidate is  unavailable to compete, the runner-up may be invited to represent the University instead.
  • The Finals are filmed and are available to view on the University of Auckland YouTube channel. 
  • Entrants accept that the 2019 finals will be filmed and made available on University social media sites.