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3 Minute Thesis

COVID-19 update: new competition dates confirmed

The 3 Minute Thesis competition dates have changed due to COVID–19. The new dates for the 2020 competition are outlined below.


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.

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 (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) at the time of the final, Thursday 20 August 2020, 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

Each faculty is responsible for scheduling and managing the heats process for their students.

If you are competing you need to record and edit your 3 Minute Thesis presentation, using any available recording or mobile device, and upload to a Vimeo account. Once the presentation is uploaded, you will need to provide the presentation link to your University 3 Minute Thesis Event Coordinator. If you don't have a Vimeo account, you will need to create one.

More information about the video can be found in the Virtual Competition Guidelines.

All heats should be completed, by Monday 3 August 2020. The finalists' details, including their presentation and video, must be submitted via email to the Office of Graduate Research by close of business Monday 3 August 2020. 

Organisers are encouraged to read the competition rules which are available on the University of Queensland's website.

 In 2020, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and The University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning will not be participating in the 3 Minute Thesis competition. 

Faculty/School Contact Email
Arts and Social Sciences Venice Jureidini
Business  Ben Breeds
Engineering  Lyndon McKevitt
Law Sue Ng
Medicine and Health  John Mitchell 
Burcu Karlsson
Science Graduate Research School

For any other enquiries contact Atchana Santhirathas.

2019 results

  • Winner – Michelle Demers, Faculty of Science, for her presentation: ‘Know your enemy'.
  • Runner up – Greg Watkins, Faculty of Engineering, for his presentation: ‘How well will I hear?’.
Last updated: 06 July 2020

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