The University of Canterbury 3MT Competition.

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3MT (formally known as "Thesis in Three") will be running again in 2022.  

This is an entertaining event where students are given the opportunity to present their research in no more than 3 minutes with one static PowerPoint slide.  While competitors would normally present in person, due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty of running events, candidates will be asked to submit pre-recorded presentations.  To ensure candidates meet the requirements of the national and international competitions, the rules and guidelines are the same as those from the University of Queensland (founder of 3MT).

The top Master’s candidate will represent UC at the New Zealand nationals at a virtual event hosted by the University of Auckland School of Graduate Studies. 

The top PhD candidate will represent UC at the Asia-Pacific virtual event finals (hosted by the University of Queensland)


Virtual 3MT UC Resources

Students can refer to the 3MT section under Workshops and Events on Postgraduate Research Students’ Learn Page for information on support available from the Library and the Academic Skills Centre.


Eligibility Criteria:

Masters Research Students who are currently enrolled in a thesis (90 points or greater).

Ph.D. candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first virtual presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.  Currently enrolled in the thesis.

Key dates:

Students should contact their Faculty 3MT coordinator regarding the Department and Faculty competition rounds.  Students will be sent a list of who the coordinators are via the Learn soon. 

Deadline for submitting pre-recordings for the UC final – 2nd August 2022

Competition dates:

UC Final 9th August 5.30pm. (Registration details for this event will be available soon)

NZ Host: University of Auckland national level 3MT competition for Master’s students . 

  • Thursday 25 August, 1200 – Video entries will be released online for public viewing. People’s Choice Voting will open.
  • Sunday 04 Sept, 2359 – People’s Choice Voting closes.
  • Thursday 08 Sept, 1200-1245  - Live online prizegiving ceremony via Zoom.

Asia-Pacific final for PhD candidates 19th October.  For more information go here



Judging criteria

Virtual Competition Rules

Virtual 3MT handbook (UQ)