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CANCELLED: UCT 3-Minute Thesis competition 2019

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


Monday, 26 August – 10h30 to 14h00



New Lecture Theatre (South end of University Avenue)


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 2019 and early 2020) 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 on 25 October at the University of the Free State (please keep both 24 and 25 October clear as winners will fly to UFS the day before as the event starts early in the morning the following day. Our office will cover accommodation, flights and meals).


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, 09 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, 16 August 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.

Monday, August 26, 2019
10:30am - 2:00pm
New Lecture Theatre (University Avenue - South), Upper Campus
Upper Campus
senior UCT PhD Students
Fairs and Expos
Registration has closed.

Event Organizer

Amanda Bessick



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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