3 Minute Thesis: Preliminary heats

The preliminary heats will take place on 12 July 2017 in Seminar Room 340, Building 340; time will be announced once registrations are finalised.

Entry Criteria

Entries are open to research masters and confirmed doctoral candidates undertaking research at the University of Auckland. Masters students must be currently enrolled in a research project of 90 points or more; doctoral candidates must have successfully passed their confirmation milestones (successfully completed their provisional year). Doctoral and masters candidates whose theses are under examination by the date of their first presentation are eligible to compete; graduates are not eligible.

Further information on the final and prizes visit the 3MT® webpage

Rules, terms and conditions  

  • A single PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media such as sound or video files are permitted.
  • No additional props such as costumes, musical instruments and laboratory equipment are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum. Competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word, No poems, raps or songs.
  • Presentations are considered to have begun when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Find out more about the rules, terms and conditions

Additional resources available to students:


Register your interest here by Friday 30 June 2017 at 12pm.