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.

2018 College Round

The College of Business and Law round of the Thesis in Three competition was held on 30 July 2018 .

The judges were: Annick Masselot (Law); Keith Dixon (Accounting and Information Systems); Jedrzej Bialkowski (Economics & Finance); and Judith Coullie (Academic Skills Centre).

The top three college students were: 

  • 1st place: Kseniia Zahrai (Management, Marketing & Entrepreneurship): Either you control social media or social media controls you
  • 2nd place: Devmali Perera (Economics & Finance): Coffee, milk and orange juice: What is missing on your table?
  • 3rd place: Chris Boniface (Law): The Effect of Artificial Intelligence on Negligence and Compensation in New Zealand's Healthcare System

The top three students go through to the UC Thesis in Three Final on Tuesday 14 August.