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UCT 3-Minute Thesis competition

Announcing the 3MT® competition for senior PhD students from across all UCT faculties


Thursday, 13 September – 10h30 to 14h00



Snape Teaching Studio 3B (South end of Engineering Mall.) PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE


What’s it all about?

Students have 3 minutes to present their PhD research* to a non-specialist audience, verbally and with a single static Powerpoint slide. Please note that this event will be recorded and streamed.


Who’s eligible?

All registered PhD students who have completed sufficient research to tell a compelling story (most likely those planning submission in 2018 and early 2019) may enter.



UCT monetary prizes to first place, runner up, and a ‘People’s choice’ award. In addition, the winner will represent UCT at the national 3MT® finals competition and the University of the Free State.


Find out more about 3MT®: http://threeminutethesis.org/


How to book your seat (audience):

Click on the 'Begin Registration' button and complete sections below.


How to enter the competition:

  • Entries close by the end of the day on Friday, 31 August
  • Send an email to pgstudies@uct.ac.za stating your name, faculty and department in which you are registered and which year of your PhD you’re in. Also give the title of your talk, and a <100 word non-specialist descriptor of your research (this will appear in the final program if selected for presentation). Please use 3MT competition in the subject line.
  • The organising & selection committee will have the final say as to which entries are accepted for presentation (in the event that we are over-subscribed).
  • Presenters will be notified by Friday, 7 September whether they have been selected or not.


* The ability to present research in a clear and coherent manner to an audience who know little, or nothing, about your area of study is an important skill that all doctoral students need to develop. 3MT® encourages you to develop your research communication skills and your capacity to explain your research using non-technical language to a non-specialist audience. The competition further aims to showcase the research work that our doctoral students across the University have undertaken.

Thursday, September 13, 2018
10:30am - 2:00pm
Upper Campus
senior UCT PhD Students
Fairs and Expos
Registration has closed.

Event Organizer

Dumisa Dlodlo



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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