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Massey University Three Minute Thesis

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present.   
Your time limit.....3 minutes.

What is it? 

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a fast paced and exciting speech competition that challenges post graduate candidates to summarise the significance of their thesis work/research project in three minutes for a panel of judges and a diverse audience.  You are allowed one single Powerpoint slide as a visual aid. Refer to the Rules section for full details.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ) Australia.  For more information on the origins of the competition, please visit Three Minute Thesis.

Why participate in 3MT?

  • Helps you develop a response to the question...What is your research about?
  • Opportunity to develop and practice public speaking
  • Looks excellent on your CV
  • Prize money! 
  • Allows you to think creatively about your thesis

How to register?

You can register by selecting one of the following:

Listen to Kate Blackwood share her experience - 3MT Finalist 2015




Contact: Julia Rayner or 
Alexis Boniface @

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) - Training Sessions

Please find a number of recorded training sessions below to help you prepare for the next Massey University 3MT competition.

Massey University 3MT Information Session

What is the 3MT competition and why participate? What are the eligibility & judging criteria?  Who can attend?, etc.  This session will cover all the basics about why you would want to participate, how the competition is set up, and what to expect if you are competing.

Recording is available for viewing HERE

Developing your 3MT Presentation

This session will provide some helpful hints and tips on:

Developing your narrative for the 3MT competition; this is not easy given the short time period and often complex subjects. How do you meet the judging criteria in three minutes?, and how to design a slide with impact and a clear message.

Recording is available for viewing HERE

3MT - Writing a Great Speech

Learn top techniques for writing your three-minute speech and five common mistakes speakers make in the competition. Dr Heather Kavan lectures in Speech Writing and will share with you the tips and strategies she wishes she'd known when she was a PhD student explaining her research. When you've finished the session, you'll be on your way to writing a winning speech. Heather has been assisting with 3MT training for a number of years and this is an invaluable workshop for anyone looking to participate.

Recording is available for viewing HERE

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