Thesis in Three Competition

Each year the University of Canterbury runs the Thesis in Three competition for postgraduate students. PhD and Masters students give a three-minute presentation to describe their thesis research with only a single PowerPoint slide permitted. The top three students from each college round go on to compete in the UC final.

About the competition

Students have three minutes only to describe what they are doing, why they are doing it (the importance/impact of the research) and how they are doing it.

Only one powerpoint slide is permitted (optional) and no additional electronic media (e.g. sound or video files) or props may be used.

Three judging criteria are used: communication style, comprehension and engagement.

In additional to financial prizes awarded to the winners of the UC Final, there is a national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) for Master's students.

2017 College Round

The College of Business and Law round of the Thesis in Three competition was held on 26 July 2017.

The judges were: Paul Ballantine (HOS, School of Business); Alfred Guender (Economics & Finance); Annick Masselot (Law); Markus Milne (Accounting and Information Systems); and Sarah Wright (Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship).

The top three college students were: 

  • Joya Kemper (Marketing)
  • Devmali Perera (Economics and Finance)
  • Ernest Adu (Information Systems)