15 July 2021 | Story Lunga Luthuli

The Three-Minute Thesis Competition, also known as the ‘3MT’, is an annual competition held at 200 universities around the world. It is open to PhD and master’s students, challenging participants to present their research in just 180 seconds – in a way that is understood by an audience with no background in the research area.

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The competition originated at the University of Queensland, Australia. The UFS Postgraduate School was the first to bring the ‘Three-Minute Thesis’ (3MT) competition to Africa, and it has now become an annual event at the UFS.

The competition aims to assist participants in the development of presentation, research, and academic communication skills, as well as to support the development of research students.

Each faculty will run the 3MT at faculty level. Winners from each faculty will compete against each other during the institutional competition on 1 October 2021 and will stand a chance to win these awesome cash prizes.


Position Prizes 2021
Master’s winner R6 000
Master’s 1st runner-up R4 000
Master’s 2nd runner-up R2 000
PhD winner  R8 000
PhD 1st runner-up R6 000
PhD 2nd runner-up R4 000

Winners of the institutional competition will go ahead to compete against other universities on 29 October 2021.


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