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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) 2022

An 80,000 word PhD would take 9 hours to present

You have 3 minutes. 

About the competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, and celebrates the exciting research conducted by PhD students in Australia and around the world.

Do you think you could present your entire PhD thesis to a general audience in just 3 minutes?

Beginning in 2008, the first 3MT® competition was held at UQ with 160 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates competing.

Just one year later in 2009, the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew.

Now, 3MT® is held in over 900 universities across more than 80 countries worldwide.

2022 Final

The combined Monash Three Minute Thesis (3MT) & Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) Final will take place on Thursday August 25, in G81, Learning and Teaching Building, 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University Clayton campus, and streamed via Zoom.

3MT Finalists

Jessica Burley - Faculty of Arts

Michelle Escobar - Faculty of Business and Economics

Cong Lem Ngo - Faculty of Education

Sophie Armstrong - Faculty of Engineering

Poornima Vengaprath Bhattathiri - IITB-Monash, Faculty of Engineering

Ruchi Sembey - Faculty of Information Technology

Daniel Gilbert - Faculty of Law

Ilianna Ginnis - Monash Art, Design and Architecture

Rana Sawires - Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Angel Lim - Monash Malaysia, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Annie Luo - Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Arman Pili - Faculty of Science

Lian Xue - Wild Card Winner, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Judging Panel

Professor Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis - Pro Vice-Chancellor: Research Training

Professor Rebekah Brown - Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research

Fabian Marrone - Chief Marketing Officer

Dr Nurin Veis - Director, Research and Collections, Museums Victoria

Why participate?

  • Develop your academic, presentation and research communication skills
  • Develop your ability to effectively explain your research in language appropriate to a general audience
  • Great professional development opportunity - participants receive two graduate research hours towards the MDP Professional Development requirement
  • Celebrate your research, connect with your peers, and raise your public profile
  • Have the chance to win great prizes, and the chance to represent Monash at the Asia-Pacific 3MT virtual finals

Thank you to the Monash Graduate Association (MGA) for their generous support once again this year, with both faculty rounds and Monash final prizes.

Monash Final - Live EventWinner- $5000
- Represent Monash at virtual Asia Pacific Final
Runner Up$2000
MGA People's Choice Award$500
Asia-Pacific Final - VirtualWinner$5000 research grant
Runner Up$2000 research grant
People's Choice$1000 research grant

Key dates 2022

AprilRegistrations Open
May - JuneDepartment/School/Institute/Faculty/Campus Rounds
11 JulyFinalist and Wildcard Nominations from Faculties Due
1 AugustWildcard Competition
3-4 AugustPresentation training for finalists
25 AugustMonash University Final 
26 SeptemberAsia-Pacific Virtual Semi-Final
10 OctoberAsia-Pacific Virtual Final Showcase & Judging
19 OctoberAsia-Pacific Virtual Final - Meet the Finalists Q&A and Winners Announced

If you have any questions please contact the Monash Graduate Research Office

Rules and Eligibility


  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.


  • Active PhD and Professional Doctorate Research (program composed of at least 2/3 research and eligible for RTP) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first virtual presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Participants must be an enrolled candidate for the entirety of the competition period (i.e. up to October 2022), therefore participants who reach completion before the competition period has lapsed will need to withdraw.
  • Graduates are not eligible.
  • Please note: Students enrolled in any of the following programs are not eligible to enter:
    • Masters (MPhil and coursework);
    • Professional Doctorate (coursework).

Useful Links

3MT® Live Competition Site

3MT® Live Competitor Guide

3MT® Virtual Competition Site

3MT® Virtual Competitor Guide


The 3MT® at Monash University is delivered by the Monash Graduate Research Office.

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2021 Monash 3MT Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 Monash 3MT winner, Julian O'Shea, from Monash Art, Design and Architecture! Julian's presentation "A Vehicle for Change" took out the top prize in this year's final amongst a very tough field of competition. Julian will now go on to represent Monash at the Asia-Pacific Virtual 3MT Finals beginning in September.

Our runner up this year was Sam Moustafa from the Faculty of Pharmacy, with his presentation "Personalised Medicine: The Future of Prescribing". Congratulations Sam!

Congratulations also to Shibani Veeraragavan from the Faculty of Engineering, who took out the MGA People's Choice Award which was voted for by our audience on the night.