BEL Faculty 3MT® Competition

An 80,000-word PhD thesis would take nine hours to present.

Their time limit is three minutes.

3MTThree Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a global competition that challenges higher degree research students (MPhil and PhD) to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience.

The 2018 BEL Faculty 3MT® Competition has come to a close. Read more about the winners and watch the entrants' videos in the competition wrap-up story.

This page was last updated on 3 September 2018.

    Who is eligible?

    Students who are currently enrolled in an MPhil or PhD program within UQ's schools of business, economics or law are eligible and encouraged to participate, whether you are provisional or confirmed in candidature. 


    This year, the BEL Faculty 3MT® competition features three prize categories:

    • Winner: $1000 in research funds
    • Runner-up: $500 in research funds
    • People's choice: $500 in research funds.

    How to register

    To compete in the BEL 3MT Faculty competition, please register by 5pm Monday 6 August.

    At the time of registration, you will need to submit your slide title, 100-word thesis summary (in plain language), and let us know if you are also competing in your school heat.

    Register now

    Why compete?

    Winner of the 2014 UQ 3MT Dr Megan Rossi talks about how the 3MT competition helped her career.

    Useful resources

    Even the world’s best public speakers prepare before important presentations. To assist you with your preparations, UQ has prepared a few suggestions that will help you in writing your presentation, creating your slide and practising your presentation.

    View the competitor guide

    Still have questions? You may be able to find the answers your seeking in UQ's 3MT frequently asked questions.

    3MT competitor FAQs

    If your question isn't listed, please contact

    All BEL Faculty staff (academic and professional) and students are invited to attend the following BEL Faculty 3MT events.


    BEL Faculty 3MT competition


    Friday 10 August

    Room 275, Global Change Institute (Building 20) (map)


    TC Beirne School of Law heat


    Friday 20 July

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

    * Please note: There is no heat scheduled for School of Economics in 2018.

    2018 BEL Faculty Winner & People's Choice

    Jocelyn Bosse | Fruitful partnerships: Science, law, and the Kakadu plum

    2018 BEL Faculty Runner-Up

    Maria Golubovskaya | Tell us what you really think! The voice of youth at work

    2017 BEL Faculty Winner

    Ashley Ding | This forecast is actually accurate!

    2017 BEL Faculty Runner-Up

    Anne Pickering | Building pathways for inclusive land reform - customary land holding in the Pacific and beyond: Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Sri Lanka

    2017 BEL Faculty People's Choice

    Joseph Lelliott | Unaccompanied minors: Developing law and policy to protect the most vulnerable migrants

    2016 BEL Faculty Winner & People's Choice

    Sam Boyle​ | Capacity and treatment refusal: How law does and should deal with the case of anorexia nervosa

    2016 BEL Faculty Runner-Up & People's Choice

    Chelsea Gill​​ | Retreat. Restore...Refresh. Exploring the role of corporate retreats in restoring directed attention

    2016 BEL Faculty People's Choice

    Nazila Babakhani​​​ | The eyes never lie: Essays on the usefulness of psychophysiological methods for sustainable tourism research

    What is 3MT?

    Developed by UQ, 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills.

    As a student, presenting in a 3MT competition increases your capacity to effectively explain your research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist/community audience.

    View the judging criteria

    As a competitor, you are allowed one PowerPoint slide but no other resources or props.

    View the competition rules

    Competition stages

    The UQ competition begins with school and institute heats, which are held from June to August, with the winner progressing to one of the seven faculty/institute finals.

    The winner of each faculty/institute final then progresses to the UQ final, which will be held at Customs House on 12 September.

    The people's choice winner from each faculty/institute final has the opportunity to participate in the Wildcard competition, which will be held at UQ on 22 August. This winner is offered a place in the UQ final as the Wildcard entrant.

    The winner of the UQ final may proceed to compete in the 2018 Asia-Pacific 3MT® competition, which will be held at UQ on 27 September.