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Three Minute Thesis (3MT™)

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Higher Degree by Research students. Developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in just three minutes, in an engaging talk without jargon, leaving the audience wanting to know more.

3MT is held in over 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide. The ECU PhD student winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Queensland, to compete at the 2019 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition on Friday, 4 October 2019, visit the UQ 3MT website.

To register your participation, complete the online form

Once you have signed up, you will receive a gift from the GRS SOAR Centre

Why take part?

  • Improve your research communication, networking and public speaking skills. The Graduate Research School will provide research training and resources for all participants.
  • Be part of the research culture in your School and build external relationships. 3MT finalists benefit from invitations to a variety of networking events and other opportunities.
  • Promote your research to the ECU and external community.
  • Have fun and win prizes at all levels of the competition.


  • ECU 3MT Competition: Active Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated), Master by Research students (thesis under submission, no graduates).
  • Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition: Only Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students with confirmation of candidature can compete at the Asia-Pacific final.

*ECU Master by Research students and Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) can participate in the ECU finals; take part in workshops, compete for prize money and have the opportunity to promote their research, however, are unable to progress to the Asia-Pacific final at UQ.

3MT Training and Resources

  • Even the world’s best public speakers prepare before important presentations. To help students prepare for the 3MT, training workshops and resources will be available to participants to help with writing 3MT content, PowerPoint slide creation and public speaking skills.

Rules and Judging Criteria

  • At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on judging criteria. Each criterion is equally weighted and has an emphasis on audience.
  • Rules and judging criteria will be provided to you.

ECU 3MT Prizes

3MT Final

  • Winner: $1500
  • Runner-Up: $1000
  • Third Place: $500
  • People’s Choice: $250

*There are prizes at each level of the competition.

ECU Event dates

ECU 3MT Heats

Date: Tuesday 3 September
Location: Joondalup campus 8.213
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Group A: Education, Business and Law, WAAPA, Arts and Humanities
Group B: Engineering, Science, Medical and Health Sciences

ECU 3MT Final

Date: Friday, 20 September
Location: Joondalup 19.141
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm

The PhD student winner will compete at the Asia-Pacific Final at the University of Queensland on Friday, 4 October 2019.


For more information, please contact Sharon Smart:

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