Three Minute Thesis Competition

The University of Queensland’s Three Minute Thesis initiative at U21.

First developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT®) challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

Following a successful launch in 2013, the U21 3MT 2014 competition will pit the leading presenters from each U21 member university against one another.  Each participating member will hold their own internal 3MT competition to select a local winner who will then be put forward for the U21 final, to be judged by an international panel consisting of industry and academic professionals. 

3MT provides research students with the opportunity to develop their academic, presentation, and research communication skills by explaining their research to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.  The local competitions will challenge the students to present face-to-face, and additionally the virtual final will hone skills associated from being filmed for an international audience, receiving international peer review, and gaining skills surrounding the presentation of their research to a wider audience.

Not only will students benefit from this experience, but members have the opportunity to showcase their research and researchers throughout the network, as well as open doors to new collaborations and networks for both researchers and supervisors.  



Timeline for the 2014 competition

3 October 2014: Video submission deadline

6 October 2014: Videos online and open the People’s Choice Vote

20 October 2014: People’s Choice Closes

28 October 2014: Winners announced


Click on 'more information' to go to the 2014 page and the link to the People's Choice vote.


Below the winner of the 2013 competition, Jamie Gallagher, accepts his prize and gives some insight into what it was like participating in the inaugural U21 3MT grand final.

Dr Gemma Marakas
Researcher Development Manager