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.

UQ Specific Eligibility

MPhil and pre-confirmation PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who are active in program will still be eligible to participate in the UQ 3MT competition up to Faculty/Institute finals but cannot advance to the UQ 3MT Final.

* Professional Doctorate by Research (program composed of at least 2/3 research) and funded via the Research Training Scheme (Australian students).
* Masters and Professional Doctorate (coursework) students will not be eligible for the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.


The winner of each heat or final is expected to represent their School/Institute/Faculty 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.

 3MT progression chart