Monash Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

The 3MT Three Minute Thesis is a competition held annually at every Australian university where Graduate Research students have the opportunity to present their thesis in only 3 minutes. Along with the fun, excitement and challenge of the 3MT,  contestants gain invaluable skills in demonstrating the importance and impact of their research to a wide audience.

Graduate Research students have the chance to:

  • Showcase your research;
  • Increase your profile as a researcher;
  • Win prizes and awards.

Winners from the faculty 3MT finals will compete at the Monash 3MT Final. This winner will represent Monash University at the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition

Faculty and Wildcard winners will compete in one of the major events held at Monash University, the Monash 3MT final. Competitors will showcase their research to an extensive audience of colleagues, officials, industry and community members at this highly entertaining and intriguing event.

Watch previous winners

2016 Monash Runner-up: Yajie Wu
Faculty of Engineering
Topic: Lighten up, corrosion resistant Magnesium alloys.

2016 Monash  Finalists
2015 Trans-Tasman 3MT Winner - Eamonn Fahy
2014 Monash Winner - Tridib Saha

Who is eligible to compete?

Active Monash 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. Entrants must be enrolled through Australia and Malaysia, and must present in person at their designated venue on a Monash Australia or Monash Malaysia campus and are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Students whose thesis is under examination at any point from the time of entering the 3MT competition are eligible.

Previous Monash finalists and candidates who have graduated at the time the competition opens are not eligible. Students who discontinue, withdraw or lapse during the competition will be disqualified. Graduates are not eligible.


  • 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.

Judging Criteria

Comprehension & Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement & Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Wildcard competition

Following the faculty finals and prior to the Monash final, a Wildcard competition will be held to select an additional entrant. Contestants will be the People's Choice winner from each of the faculty contests, unless the faculty winner is also the People's Choice winner. If the People's Choice winner from the faculty cannot make the Wildcard competition a representative is not permitted to attend in their place, i.e. Second place-getter. The Wildcard winner will receive prize money and be offered the opportunity to compete in the Monash 3MT final.

Delivering a winning 3MT: Presentation training

Each of the winners from the faculty finals (excluding Masters contestants), will have the opportunity to attend a workshop focused on presentation skills to deliver a killer 3MT.

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