If you are a student interested in competing in the 3MT competition, access our Frequently Asked Questions that will help you get started.

  • What is 3MT?
    • The Three Minute Thesis competition is a skills development activity that challenges Research Higher Degree students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in three minutes.
  • I am an MPhil student can I compete in 3MT?
    • MPhil and pre-confirmation PhD candidates who are active in program will still be eligible to participate in the 3MT competition up to Faculty/Institute finals but cannot advance to the 3MT Final or Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.
  • I will graduate before the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Am I eligible to enter?
    • 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.
  • Can palm cards or speech notes be refered to during a presentation?
    • Yes, palm cards and/or speech notes are acceptable, however this option may detract from the delivery of the 3MT and is not recommended.
  • Can additional props be used during a presentation?
    • No, additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are not permitted during a 3MT presentation. Laser pointers are allowed, however not encouraged (your slide should be simple enough that you do not need to emphasise elements to the audience)
  • While presenters can’t deliver their 3MT as a poem or song, can they quote from a poem or song?
    • Yes, quotes can be included from a poem or song if it is relevant to the presenter's thesis topic. Poetry and song lyrics are not permitted to be used to present the entire 3MT and their use should be very limited.
  • What is allowed on the presenter's 3MT PowerPoint slide?
    • One single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. In preparing the slide, remember that 'less is more'. It does not have to include text. Visual cues are very effective in assisting the presenter's explanation of their research (No slide transitions, animations, sound or 'movement' is permitted).
  • Can sound or video be used during a presentation?
    • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) is permitted during a 3MT presentation.
  • Can I present my oration via Skype?
    • While this decision rests with each School/Faculty/University, we would discourage remote presentations. As an important aspect of the competition is audience engagement, anyone who would choose to present via conferencing facilities would be at a disadvantage compared to other competitors.
    • The winner of the university final will be expected to attend the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition in person.
  • Is there a dress code?
    • There is no stipulated dress requirement such as ‘smart casual’. Some have worn suits with ties, others t-shirts and jeans. Please wear whatever is comfortable for you. NO COSTUMES (including hats, masks, Dame Edna specs, etc).
  • Can I win more than one category?
    • Yes, it is possible to win a place (First and Runner-Up) and win the People's Choice award.
  • What happens if our winner is not a confirmed candidate?
    • In the event that a provisional candidate wins the Faculty/Institute Final, the Runner-up and/or People’s Choice winner i.e. the next highest ranked competitor providing they are a confirmed candidate will proceed to the final.
  • What is the Wildcard Competition?
    • The People’s Choice winner from each Faculty/Combined Institute final will be given the chance to compete in a Wildcard Final hosted by the university. If the faculty winner is also the people’s choice, the runner-up will proceed to the Wildcard Final. The top wildcard finalist will be offered the opportunity to compete in the university final.
  • What happens if I cannot attend the Final?
    • The winner of each heat or final is expected to represent their School/Institute/Faculty/University at the next stage of the competition. If the winner is unable to attend the final, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition.
  • Who do I contact to discuss my University's interest in the 3MT competition?
    • The UQ Graduate School will be able to assist you and answer any additional 3MT questions that you may have. Please email 3MT@uq.edu.au.