This year celebrates the 11th year of the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) at The University of Queensland (UQ).  The first ever 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students competing.  In 2017, over 240 HDR students participated in heats held across UQ's Schools, Faculties and Institutes.

We are grateful for the support provided by our 2018 event sponsors and donors:

The UQ Graduate School will award the following prizes at the 2018 UQ 3MT Final

  • Winner: $5000 grant, sponsored by UniBank
  • Runner Up: $2000 grant, sponsored by Boeing
  • People's Choice: $1000 grant, sponsored by Alumni Friends of The University of Queensland Inc.

The winner of the UQ Final will also represent UQ at the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition.

School / Institute / Faculty Heats

If you are a UQ HDR student interested in participating in the 3MT competition, please contact your School/enrolling unit via the email address below.
Faculty / School / Institute
Date / Time
Contact to register or attend

Faculty of Business, Economics & Law - FINAL

10 August, 2pm - 3:30pm

Seminar Room 275, Level 2, Global Change Institute (20)

School of Business

12 July, 10am

Room 209, Level 2, General Purpose North 3 Building (39A)

School of Law

20 July, 10am

Sir Harry Gibbs Moot Court (1-W247), Level 2, Forgan Smith Building (1)

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology - FINAL 

7 August, 2pm - 3:30pm

AIBN Seminar Room

School of Architecture

20 July, 2pm - 3:30pm

Zelman Cowan, 3rd floor

School of Chemical Engineering (including Advanced Water Management Centre)

19 July, 10am-11:30am

AIBN Seminar Room

School of Civil Engineering

5 July, 2pm - 3:30pm

Sir Llew Edwards Building #14, Terrace Room (lvl 6)

School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering

12 July, 11am

Advanced Engineering Bldg (49), Room 502

School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

13 July, 10am - 1pm

Hawken Engineering Building (50), Room N202

Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences - FINAL 

9 August, 10am - 11:30am

St. Leo’s Boardroom, St. Leo’s College (36F), College Rd, St. Lucia Campus

School of Dentistry

School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

23 July, 1pm

Room 325, Therapies Annexe (84A)

School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences

20 July, 12pm

Room 127, Human Movement Studies Building (26B)

School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work

School of Pharmacy

17 July, 9am

School of Psychology

27 July, 12pm - 2:30pm

Room 201-204, McElwain Building (24A)

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences - FINAL *register to attend*

13 August, 12pm - 2pm

Leonian Room, St Leo's College, College Road, St Lucia Campus

School of Education

27 July, 11am

Room 506, Social Sciences Building (24)

School of Communication & Arts (Combined with School of Music)

18 July, 2pm - 4pm

Room 460, Zelman Cowen Building (51) St Lucia Campus

School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry

3 August, 2pm - 3:30pm

Venue (TBC)

School of Languages & Cultures

31 July, 2pm - 3pm

Room 209, Gorden Greenwood Building (32)

School of Music (Combined with School of Communications and Arts)

18 July, 2pm - 4pm

Room 460, Zelman Cowen Building (51) St Lucia Campus

School of Political Science & International Studies

13 July, 10am - 11:30am

Room 537, General Purpose North (39A)

School of Social Science

25 July, 12noon - 1pm

Room 220, Michie Building (9)

Institute for Social Science Research

25 June, 11am

Room 201, Cycad Building (#1018), Long Pocket Precinct

Faculty of Medicine - FINAL

3 August, 12pm

UQCCR Auditorium (Bldg B2), Herston campus

Faculty of Medicine (Northside Heat)

20 July, 1pm

UQCCR Auditorium (Bldg B2), Herston campus

Faculty of Medicine (Southside Heat) 16 July, 1:30pm TRI Auditorium, Level 2 Translational Research Institute, Woolloongabba

Faculty of Science - FINAL

10 August, 10am - 11:30am

QBI Auditorium, QBI Building (79)

School of Agriculture & Food Sciences (Gatton) 29 June, 10am 8111-113

School of Agriculture & Food Sciences (St Lucia)

28 June, 10am

Room 301, Seddon Building (82D)

School of Biological Sciences

27 July, 4pm - 5:30pm

Room 139, Goddard Building (8)

School of Chemistry & Molecular Bioscience

18 July, 9:00am

AIBN Seminar Room, AIBN (75)

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

31 July, 2pm-5pm

Room 228/229, Steele Building (3)

School of Mathematics & Physics

19 July, 4pm 

Room 213, Richards Building (5)

School of Veterinary Science

29 June, 10am

Room 153, Animal Studies Building (8150)

Institutes - FINAL 

27 July, 130pm-330pm (including afternoon tea from 230pm-330pm)

Level 7, Auditorium, QBI (79)

Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology

11 July, 10am

AIBN Seminar Room, AIBN (75)
Center for Advanced Imaging 13 July, 3pm - 4:30pm Seminar Room, Level 2, CAI Building (57)

Institute for Molecular Bioscience (heats)

22 June

Institute for Molecular Bioscience (final) 13 July

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

16 July, 9:45am - 1pm

Large Seminar Room 3.142, Level 3, Queensland Bioscience Precinct Building (80)
Queensland Brain Institute 17 July, 10am Level 7 Lecture Theatre, Queensland Brain Institue (79)

Sustainable Minerals Institute

18 July, 3pm

Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building

Wildcard Event - 22 August

The Wildcard Competition is where the People’s Choice winner (audience voted) from each Faculty and Combined Institute Final is given the chance to compete in a Wildcard Competition hosted by the Graduate School. The winner of the Wildcard Competition is offered the opportunity to compete in the UQ 3MT Final.

Date: Wednesday 22 August
Time: 1:45pm registration for 2pm start.  Competition concludes at 3pm
Venue: Room 132, Seminar Room, Australian Institute for Bioengineering (75)

Registration information coming soon.


Final - Customs House Event - 12 September

The 2018 UQ 3MT Final will be held on the evening of Wednesday 12 September and will bring together 8 finalists, representing each of UQ's 6 Faculties, the winner of the Combined-Institute competition and a Wildcard entrant.

Date: Wednesday 12 September
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm
Venue: Customs House (attendance by invitation only)

This event will be livestreamed - further details will be provided closer to the event.  


Final - Livestream Event - 12 September

A special livestreaming event of the 2018 UQ 3MT Final will be held in the Red Room at the UQ St Lucia Campus on Wednesday 12 September 2018.

Date: Wednesday 12 September
Time: 5:30pm registration for a 6pm start - event concludes at 8:30pm
Venue: Red Room, St Lucia Campus, University of Queensland

Food, drink and entertainment will be provided!

Thanks to the platinum event sponor, UniBank, $500 worth of travel grants for HDR students and several other audience prices will be on offer at the event!

Limited space available so please get in early to register your attendance - Registrations will open soon.


Information & resources for UQ competitors


Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, including the Asia-Pacific 3MT competition. Graduates are not eligible.

Please note: MPhil and pre-confirmation PhD candidates who are active in program are still eligible to participate in the UQ 3MT competition up to Faculty/Institute finals but cannot advance to the UQ 3MT Final. 

Resources for UQ Competitors are available via the below links:

Past UQ 3MT finalists can be viewed here.

For UQ HDR students interested in participating in the 2018 3MT, please register your interest through your relevant School/Enrolling Unit contact in the heats section of this page.