3 Minutes Thesis Competition
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ). PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.
Developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008, enthusiasm for the 3MT concept grew and its adoption in numerous universities led to the development of an international competition.
The competition supports the students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Skills development for research candidates
The exercise develops academic, presentation and research communication skills, while developing research candidates’ ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Building research culture in schools and institutes
3MT provides a valuable opportunity for research higher degree candidates to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It also provides a supportive environment in which Schools and Institutes can provide presentation skills training.
Building external relations for the university
3MT winners may go on to represent their university at national and international 3MT competitions which provide an excellent networking and professional development opportunities. Previous 3MT finalists have benefited from invitations to a variety of other networking events following their participation in the competition.