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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

Faculty of Humanities Three Minute Thesis

(3MT®) Competition 2023

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy students. Developed by the University of Queensland, 3MT® cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills.

The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The Faculty of Humanities will hold its first faculty-level 3MT® on 14 June 2023. Participants are required to present their research in English, regardless of language they use to write their thesis.

Bona fide* PhD candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation of registration by the date of application (i.e. 1 June 2023) are eligible to participate in the FH 3MT®.

Graduates are not eligible.

All participants must be nominated by their affiliated departments.

*Bona fide student refers to a student who is officially registered at the University until the date when his/her overall results are finalised by the relevant authority confirming his/her satisfactory completion of the award requirements for graduation.

Competition rule
Each participant will be invited to present a PhD study in 3 minutes and they can use one single static Powerpoint slide without slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description in their presentation. More details can be found at

Judging criteria
A panel will be formed by the Dean of FH to select the winners based on the following criteria:

Comprehension and content

  • Presentation provided clear background and significance to the research question
  • Presentation provided clear positionality of the presenter to the research and research approach
  • Presentation clearly described the research strategy/design and the results/findings of the research
  • Presentation clearly described the conclusions, outcomes and impact of the research

Engagement and communication

  • The oration was delivered clearly, and the language was appropriate for a non-specialist audience
  • The PowerPoint slide was well-defined and enhanced the presentation
  • The presenter conveyed enthusiasm for their research and captured and maintained the audience’s attention

Panel of Judges for the 1st FH 3MT®

  1. Prof. LI Ping, Dean of Faculty of Humanities
  2. Prof. David SHUM, Dean of Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
  3. Dr LI Dechao, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies
  4. Dr Christy QIU, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Communication
  5. Dr Ken CHENG, Director of Chinese Language Centre
  6. Dr Jane ROBBINS, Director of English Language Centre
  7. Dr Fay LIN, Teaching Fellow of Department of Chinese Culture


    • ONE Champion who will receive a cash prize of HKD3,000
    • ONE 1st Runner-up who will receive a cash prize of HKD2,000
    • ONE 2nd Runner-up who will receive a cash prize of HKD1,500

    The Champion, the 1st and 2nd Runner up will be nominated to enter the PolyU 3MT®.

    Timeline for 2023

    No. Activity
     1  3MT® briefing to be held by the University 15 May 2023
     2  3MT® workshops to be held by the ELC 17 May 2023
    19 May 2023
     3  Nomination deadline for the FH 3MT®  1 June 2023
     4  Faculty of Humanities 3MT® Competition  14 June 2023
     PolyU 3MT®: First rehearsal  26 June 2023
     6  PolyU 3MT®: Second rehearsal  29 June 2023
     7  PolyU 3MT® Competition  30 June 2023

    The Presentation Rules and the Judging Criteria are based on those developed by the University of Queensland, Australia.


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