Three Minute Thesis

3 Minute Thesis Competition Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted - no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound or video) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g., costumes, instruments, equipment) are permitted.
  • Competitors exceeding the 3 minutes are disqualified.
    Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g., no poems, songs) in English.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations must be aimed at the educated non-specialist; no disciplinary jargon can be used unless explained as part of the 3 minutes.

All semi-final and final presentations will be filmed.  Your 3MT slide will be embedded into this video and posted online.  To facilitate incorporation of your slide into the video, we kindly request that you follow the following 3MT Slide Instructions:

  • Prepare slides in 16:9 aspect ratio
  • If you choose to include text on your slide, we recommend using Calibri or Arial font, 24 pt
  • As much as possible use public domain or your own image(s)
  • Get written (email is fine) permission for all other image use
  • Keep all images and text within the approximate area of the black border on the slide template (images, text outside of this area will be cut off when being incorporated into the film).



2014 3 Minute Thesis Competition Winner. Cameron Lephew, Judges’ Choice Winner for the competition.