Three Minute Thesis

Each year, our research students have the opportunity to compete in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

3MT is a lively, engaging research communication competition initially developed by the University of Queensland and now held annually at more than 900 universities across the globe.

It challenges research students to answer the question, ‘What are you researching?’, in no more than three minutes and with only one powerpoint slide. The three-minute presentation should be pitched to an intelligent but non-academic audience. 

The competition provides research students with valuable practice in communicating their research clearly and concisely to a general audience.

They will develop their ability to tell an engaging research story, build their presentation and public speaking skills, improve their peer and industry networks, increase their confidence and employability and gain exposure for their research.

Learn about the 2023 winners here.

Additional information

Research must be presented in under three minutes with only one PowerPoint presentation slide. No additional electronic media or props are allowed. Presentations should be pitched to an intelligent but non-academic audience.

$1000, $500 and $100 prizes will be awarded to the top participants.

The top-placed Master’s contestant will represent Lincoln University at the national 3MT Masters Inter-University Challenge.

The highest placed PhD contestant will represent the university at the 2023 3MT virtual competition.

All PhD and research Master’s students are encouraged to take part in 3MT, as it offers a chance to raise their profile amongst 900 participating universities from more than 80 countries.