Massey University 3MT Competition - Doctoral


Entries this year are open to doctoral candidates undertaking research.  Doctoral candidates must have successfully passed their confirmation milestones.  Doctoral candidates whose thesis is under examination are eligible to compete; graduates are not eligible.  Finalists will be required to agree to media exposure for their presentation and research as the finals will be filmed. 

Massey University 3MT Prizes

  • 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 


Palmerston North Heats

Thursday, 19th July - 11:00am - 2:00pm (Japan Lecture Theatre)
Friday, 20th July - 11:00am - 2:00pm (Japan Lecture Theatre)

Albany Heat

Wednesday, 25th July - 12:00pm - 3:00pm (QB6)

Wellington Heat

Friday, 27th July - 11:00am - 2:00pm (Executive Seminar Suite)


Week of 13th August, 2018

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Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition

The Massey University PhD final winner will participate in the 2018 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition taking place on Thursday, 27 September, at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.  He or she will receive one-on-one training with Massey University's top public speaking experts.  For more information please visit the following webpage.


  • Winner: $5000 research travel grant
  • Runner Up: $2000 research travel grant
  • People's Choice: $1000 research travel grant

Past Winners

2017 Winner - Sherina Holland

PhD breast cancer researcher Sherina Holland won the Massey 3MT finals for 2017, held at the Speirs Centre, with her research on the “cross-talk” between breast cancer cells and immune cells that could lead to new understandings of and targeted treatment for the disease. 

2016 Winner - Mark Roberts

Veterinary researcher, Mark Roberts beat 10 other finalists to win the PhD finals of the 2016 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with his research on dog protein requirements.  Mark Roberts took home the $5000 first prize.


Contact: Marise Murrie or 
Alexis Boniface @

2018 Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

Information and Training Sessions

There are a number of sessions that have been scheduled to help you prepare for the 2018 Massey University 3MT competition.

Massey University 2018 3MT Information Session

What is the 3MT competition and why participate? What are the eligibility & judging criteria?  Who can attend?, etc.  This session will cover all the basics about why you would want to participate, how the competition is set up, and what to expect if you are competing.

Recording is available for viewing HERE

Developing your 3MT Presentation

This session will provide some helpful hints and tips on:

Developing your narrative for the 3MT competition; this is not easy given the short time period and often complex subjects. How do you meet the judging criteria in three minutes?, and how to design a slide with impact and a clear message.

Date: Friday, 22nd June
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: VLT rooms: PN-GLB1.14, Albany-AT4, & Wgtn-5C17

3MT - Writing a Great Speech

Learn top techniques for writing your three-minute speech and five common mistakes speakers make in the competition. Dr Heather Kavan lectures in Speech Writing and will share with you the tips and strategies she wishes she'd known when she was a PhD student explaining her research. When you've finished the session, you'll be on your way to writing a winning speech. Heather has been assisting with 3MT training for a number of years and this is an invaluable workshop for anyone looking to participate.

Date: Friday, 29th June
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: VLT rooms: PN-GLB1.14, Albany-AT4, & Wgtn-5C17

Register Here

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