Rules, terms and conditions

2017 3 Minute Thesis Heats will be held at faculty level with an additional 'Open Heat' scheduled for Monday, 31 July. Entry into all heats is subject to the criteria below.

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 2017 finals will be filmed and made available on University social media sites.
  • To help you prepare, Libraries and Learning Services has some very helpful tips and videos
  • Libraries and Learning Services also run presentation workshops


  • A single 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 such as sound or video files are permitted.
  • No additional props such as costumes, musical instruments and laboratory equipment are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum. Competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word, No poems, raps or songs.
  • Presentations are considered to have begun when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.