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3 Minute Thesis


3 Minute Thesis is an international competition that features higher degree by research students from over 55 institutions across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It challenges students to tell the story of their research: what they are doing, why it matters, and what they hope to achieve, in three minutes.

The winner of the event will be invited to compete against students from other universities in the Asia-Pacific final event.

Registration is now closed for the 2020 competition. 

What's involved

3 Minute Thesis is a three-minute presentation summarising your research, and its value to society, in front of a non-specialist audience.

Preliminary competition heats are held within each faculty or University school. The winners of these heats compete in the University final, which this year due to COVID-19 will be conducted online. 

The winner of the University final will then compete at the national finals against winners from other universities.


Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone are eligible to participate in 3 Minute Thesis competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific final 3 Minute Thesis competition. Graduates and honours students are not eligible to compete. 

How to apply

Registration is now closed for the 2020 competition. 

2020 results

  • Winner: Nisharnthi Duggan, Faculty of Science – School of Chemistry: ‘Maybe we shouldn’t be scared of spiders'
  • Runner-up: Andrea Pattinson, Central Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health: ‘Fast and Furious can also win the race’
  • Runner-up: Nikki-Anne Wilson, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science: ‘Your life on the big screen’
Last updated: 13 April 2021

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