• 2017 Massey University three minute thesis (3MT) final


    Tuesday 15 August 2017

Information for Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Final - 2017 participants

Event schedule


The venue will be open from 3pm onward Tuesday, 15 August for anyone who would like to practise or just get a feel for the room. There will be someone from Massey University at the venue to assist anyone with details, questions or queries.


All finalists are expected to be present at the full briefing at 4.00pm in the Theatre.


The running order of contestants will be drawn at random, and will be done on Friday, 11 August ahead of the competition – all finalists will receive the running order before 5pm Monday 14 August.


At the beginning of the event, the MC for the evening,  Te Radar, will introduce each candidate and the presentation title.


The candidates slide will then be transitioned onto the screen and the candidate will then be welcomed to the centre of the stage. Lapel microphones with battery packs will be attached, so this should be considered when selecting clothes.


The timer will start once the candidate begins, an electronic timer system will be on countdown where the candidates can easily view.

At the end of presenting, the lapel microphones will be removed for another candidate that has yet to present.  


Following the final master's/PhD presentations a 10 min judging deliberation will occur. During this time the Peoples Choice voting will be open via an online app – details will be available at the event.

Subsequent to the deliberation the winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at the end of the evening. 

Recording of the event

Each presentation will be recorded and individual recordings will be made available at a later date through Massey University's YouTube channel.

Judging criteria

Massey University 3 Minute Thesis competitors on stage The judging criteria for both Massey PhD and Masters will be the standard criteria as originally set by the University of Queensland. They are:

Comprehension & Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?

  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?

  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?

  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?

  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?

  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement & Communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?

  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?

  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?

  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?

  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?

  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

Judges feedback

The judges will not provide feedback on the night but will be collected and can be requested after the event by contacting Marise Murrie.


  • A single static 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 (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted. • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.



  • Winner: $5000 into a research account (conference or research related expenses), plus travel and accommodation to represent Massey University in the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition.
  • Runner Up: $2000 cash
  • Peoples' Choice $1000 cash 


  • Winner: $1000 into a research account (conference or research related expenses), plus travel and accommodation to represent Massey University at the National Inter-University competition.
  • Runner Up: $500 cash
  • Peoples' Choice: $250 cash 

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