Three Minute Thesis

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Participants in the St Vincent's Precinct heat of the UNSW Faculty of Medicine Three Minute Thesis Competition, held at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia.

The Three Minute Thesis competition or '3MT, is an annual competition held in more than 200 universities worldwide. It is open to PhD students, and challenges participants to present their research in just 180 seconds, in an engaging form that can be understood by an intelligent audience with no background in the research area. This exercise develops presentation, research and academic communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to explain their work effectively.


The competition originated at the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008.[1] In 2010 it began to expand to include other Australian universities in a 'trans-Tasman' competition which was further extended in 2016 to be 'Asia-Pacific'.[1] Separate international competitions using the format have also been hosted by other universities, including the Universitas 21 group[2] and Vitae group.[3]

Asia-Pacific competition winners[edit]

Year Finals location Winner Runner up
2022 Virtual Trevyn Toone (University of Auckland) Amanda Khamis (The University of Sydney)
2015 University of Queensland Eamonn Fahy (University of Melbourne) Jaysuman Bin Pusppanathan (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
2014 University of Western Australia Sarah Marley (Curtin University) Rosanna Stevens (Australian National University)
2013 University of Western Sydney Kelsey Kennedy (University of Western Australia) Lilly Chang (University of Auckland)
2012 University of Queensland Tim Paris (University of Western Sydney) Lauren Hollier (University of Western Australia)
2011 University of Western Australia Matthew Thompson (University of Queensland) Suzie Ferrie (University of Sydney)
2010 University of Queensland Balarka Banerjee (University of Western Australia) Gabrielle Briggs (University of Newcastle)

Participating Counties and Institutions[edit]

As of 20 Dec 2019, there were at least 85 participating countries from every continent (apart from Antarctica) and at least 941 institutions.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Higher Degrees by Research...Start your 3MT journey here". 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  2. ^ "The Universitas 21 3MT Competition". 2017-05-19. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  3. ^ "Vitae UK 3MT Competition". 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  4. ^ "Participating Institutions". 27 January 2017.