Active PhD and Professional Doctorate Research (program composed of at least 2/3 research and eligible for RTP) 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. Graduates are not eligible.

Please Note: Students enrolled in any of the following programs are not eligible to enter the 3MT Competition:

  • Masters (coursework);
  • Professional Doctorate (less than 2/3 research)


The winner of each heat or final is expected to represent their School/Institute/Faculty at the next stage of the competition. If the winner is unable to attend the final, the runner-up will proceed to the next round of the competition.

The Wildcard Competition is an optional level, where the People’s Choice winner (audience voted) from each Faculty Final is given the chance to compete for a place in the University 3MT final (If the faculty winner was also the people’s choice, the runner-up proceeds to the Wildcard competition).