Three minutes may not seem like much time to explain an 80,000 word PhD thesis that has taken years to research and develop, but that’s exactly what is required of PhD candidates competing in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

For researchers applying for funding from government and industry, the ability to present a concise argument justifying the cost and demonstrating the impact that the research will have, to an audience who do not have specialist knowledge, is invaluable.

Developed by UQ, 3MT is a research communication competition that challenges PhD students to communicate the significance of their projects without the use of props or industry jargon, in just three minutes. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to quickly explain their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience leaving them wanting to know more.

To find out more about 3MT and watch videos of winning presentations from around the world, please visit the Three Minute Thesis website:

UQ 3MT 2015 Events

Visit the 3MT website for a complete list of UQ's 3MT events.


2014 UQ Winner - Megan Rossi


The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT competitions are now held in over 200 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide.

In November 2013, the first Universitas 21 (U21) 3MT competition was held with several universities from around the world competing in a virtual competition.

Last updated: Jul 3, 2015

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