Massey University 3MT Competition - Masterate


Entries are open to research masters students who are currently enrolled in a research project of 90 points or more.

Finalists will be required to agree to media exposure for their presentation and research as the finals will be filmed and made available to all participating Universities. 

Please refer to the Rules for requirements of this competition.

Massey University 3MT Prizes

  • 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 



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


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


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

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Masters Inter-University Challenge

The 2018 Masters Inter-University Challenge will be hosted by University of Canterbury on Thursday, 23rd August 2018.  For more information please visit University of Canterbury

Past Winners

2017 Winner - Courtney Davies

In the master’s category of seven finalists, Courtney Davies, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, won first prize of $1000 with her research on the potential role of phages (or bacteriophages, are viruses that infect bacteria) in treating antibiotic resistant pathogens, such as tuberculosis.  She went on to represent Massey University at the Masters Inter-University Challenge at Victoria University of Wellington in August 2017 and won.  Congratulations Courtney!

2016 Winner - Siti Anurddin

In 2016, Massey University canine mastitis researcher Siti Anurddin was not only the Massey University Masters 3MT Competition winner but took out the master’s section and $1000 for her study on what causes the potentially fatal condition at the Masters Inter-University Challenge, hosted by Massey University at the Globe Theatre in Palmerston North on 21 September 2016.


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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.

Date: Friday, 15th June
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: VLT rooms: PN-GLB1.14, Albany-A

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

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