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Three Minute Thesis Competition 2016

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The three minute thesis is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.


Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.

SCU will select one student as their representative and will provide support to the student travelling to compete in Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. The University whose representative wins the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition will host the competition in the following year. All competitors will be required to agree to media exposure for their presentation and research.

Please note: SCU will allow professional doctoral (coursework) candidates and masters candidates to compete at the SCU 3MT final and to win it, however SCU will select it's representative for the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition from the Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates. The winner and runner-up from each school will be selected to compete in the SCU final.

2017 Asia-Pacific 3MT competition details

  • Date:Friday 29 September 2017
  • Venue:
    The University of Queensland
    GHD Auditorium
    Advanced Engineering Building (49-200)
    St Lucia Campus Brisbane QLD 4072

SCU 3MT important dates

  • School Finals: TBC
  • SCU Finals: TBC
  • Venue: TBC
  • Time: TBC

SCU winner's name to host University

  • TBC

Please refer to the rules and judging criteria.

How to enter

Notify your School/Special Research Centre Director of Higher Degree Research Training:

  • Arts and Social Sciences - Dr Angela Coco
  • Education - Prof. Martin Hayden
  • Environmental Science and Engineering - Assoc.Prof Kirsten Benkendorff
  • Health and Human Sciences - Dr Jacqui Yoxall
  • Law and Justice - Prof. Bee Chen Goh
  • School of Business and Tourism - Assoc. Prof. Kevin Markwell
  • Southern Cross GeoScience - Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau
  • Southern Cross Plant Science - Associate Professor Bronwyn Barkla