Three Minute Thesis

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Engage in some fun with other graduate students at UVic and acquire extremely valuable skills along the way.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling oration of their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. ​The challenge is to present complex research material in an engaging, compelling way, using only one static PowerPoint slide.

The skills developed while preparing for and competing in 3MT® are important for your growth as a professional. During job interviews, networking with colleagues and conversations with family and friends, you will often be in situations where you are asked to describe your research, and its larger importance to a non-specialist. Being able to balance complexity and depth with clarity and concision, 3MT® hones skills that will benefit you in your future professional career.

3MT® also provides an excellent opportunity for showcasing your research across disciplines and with the general public. The event will be advertised widely and participants will benefit from sharing insights on their research with a diverse audience.

Read about the 3MT experience from one student's perspective.  View presentations from UVic's 3MT finalists and winning 3MT presentations from around the globe. 

Through the 3MT experience I was able to share my research with the community. In doing so, I learned to think of my research from new perspectives and the positive support I received from the audience has motivated me even further to pursue this research. -Samantha Harder, Runner-up and People's Choice, 2014

Eligibility and registration

  • Students at any stage of their graduate program can participate in 3MT. 
  • Participants must be registered in a Master's (thesis or project-based) or PhD program in the Spring (Jan-April) term of the competition.
  • 3MT® presentations must be directly related to your graduate program research.
  • Presenters must agree to be video-taped.
  • Presenters must be available to present, in person, on the day of their heat.  To advance in the competition, heat winners must also be available to present, in person, at the next stage of the competition.  If a winner is unable to attend, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition in his/her place.

Registration for the 2020 competition is currently open until January 24, 2020.

Confidentiality and Intellectual Property considerations:

The 3MT® competition is open to the public at large.  Any data or information discussed should be considered public.  Judges and staff involved in the competition will not be required to sign non-disclosure statements.

If your research is being conducted in conjunction with an outside agency, we advise you to investigate the potential for any confidentiality or intellectual property issues and discuss your participation in the competition with your supervisor(s) prior to registering for the 3MT® competition.

If your research includes any confidential or culturally sensitive material, we advise that you discuss your entry in the competition with your supervisor(s) prior to registering for the 3MT®competition.


The Faculty of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the following workshops for those interested in the Three Minute Thesis competition

                            Tactics and Strategies for 3MT

                         Monday, Janaury 27, 2020 - 10:15 a.m. in Clearihue A203


                         Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. in Clearihue A207


                              Presentation Skills for 3MT

                 Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 11:00 am in Harry Hickman 110


Other resources to assist you in preparing for the competition:

Prizes & sponsors


  • The top presenter in each competition heat will receive $300
  • The 2nd place presenter in each Faculty heat will receive $200


  • The top presenter across the university will receive $1500
  • The second place finisher will receive $1000

The audience at the finals will vote to select a People's Choice winner, who will receive $500.


Prizes have been generously donated by the following:

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Fine Arts

Faculty of Human & Social Development

Faculty of Law

Division of Medical Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Science

Student mental health
Professional development
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
Graduate Students' Society

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