Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Three Minute Thesis 2018

One thesis. Three minutes. Can you do it?

Showcase your research and build your academic communication skills by competing in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) 2018. You've probably spent months or even years researching. Take up the challenge to present it to a general audience, in only three minutes!

Along with the fun, excitement, and challenge, this is your opportunity to:

  • showcase your research
  • build your academic, presentation, and research communication skills
  • affirm and strengthen your confidence
  • raise your public profile
  • network with other graduate researchers
  • receive 2 hours of professional development credit towards the Monash Doctoral Program
  • win prizes (final winner walks away with $5000!) and clinch the 2018 winner’s title

Know the rules and judging criteria, see if you're eligible, and be inspired by last year's winners.

Register here

Key dates 2018

You'll need to be available during key dates of the competition.

March - AprilRegistrations (see your faculty closing dates)
May - JuneFaculty rounds (see your faculty dates)
19 JulyWildcard round (Register to attend)
23 July - 10 AugustFinalists' presentation training
16 AugustMonash University finals (Tickets coming soon)
27 SeptemberAsia-Pacific 3MT® finals

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia.

Wildcard round

A Wildcard round will be held following the faculty rounds and before the Monash University finals. Each faculty will send in one competitor as a representative, who competed in but did not win their faculty final. The winner of the Wildcard round will proceed to compete in the Monash University finals.

Finalists' presentation training

All faculty final winners and Wildcard winner will be provided training to develop presentation skills, in preparation for the Monash University finals.


To be eligible to participate, by the date of your first presentation, you must:

  • be an active PhD or professional doctorate (research) candidate
  • have successfully passed your confirmation milestone (even if your thesis is under submission)


Faculty roundsPrize
WinnerDetermined by the faculty/institute
Qualify for Monash University finals
Monash Wildcard roundPrize
Qualify for Monash University finals
Monash University finalsPrize
Represent Monash University at the Asia-Pacific finals in Queensland
Return trip and accommodation in Queensland (sponsored by us)
People's Choice$500 (sponsored by MPA)
Asia-Pacific finalsPrize
People's Choice$1000


  • Only one single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description are allowed. The slide must be presented at the start of the presentation.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are allowed.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are allowed.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum. Any presenters 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 judging panel is final.

Judging criteria

Comprehension and content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • 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 and 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?

2017 winners

Watch how last year's winners performed.

2017 Asia-Pacific winner - Ashwin Charles Benedict
Catalyzing Change: Light at the End of the Tunnel

2017 Monash winner - Simon Sawyer
A new resource for women experiencing IPV

2017 Monash runner-up and People's Choice - Athira Menon
Why was it blue? The mystery of Supernova 1987A


The Three Minute Thesis at Monash University is delivered by the Monash Graduate Research Office, in partnership with faculty and institute offices, and Monash Postgraduate Association.