Postgraduate Festival

03 June 2016


The University of Auckland is planning the inaugural Postgraduate Festival, taking place from 29 August to 7 October. The festival will be a platform for the Business School to showcase our exceptional postgraduate students and the research carried out by students and staff. The highly anticipated 3 Minute Thesis competition, as well as Exposure, will be a part of the festival along with a variety of lectures and talks from our academic staff.

3 Minute Thesis Competition

The 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®) gives you three minutes to explain your thesis with the help of one single static PowerPoint slide as a visual aid. The ultimate "elevator pitch", the 3 Minute Thesis Competition is run in universities worldwide and was developed by the University of Queensland in Australia. 

Entries will be open to research masters students and doctoral candidates undertaking research.

The University of Auckland doctoral winner will be flown to Australia to compete in the Trans-Tasman competition.

The University of Auckland masters winner will participate in the inaugural national 3 Minute Thesis Masters Inter-University Challenge, against candidates from Otago, Canterbury, Lincoln, Waikato, Massey, AUT and Victoria University of Wellington.

Registrations for the competition open on 27 June 2016 so watch this space!

Find out more about the 3 Minute Thesis Competition


The Exposure Postgraduate Research Exposition is presented by the School of Graduate Studies and the Postgraduate Students’ Association (PGSA) at the University of Auckland. Whether it’s innovation, international markets, productivity and sustainability, or a cutting-edge area that no one has heard of yet, Exposure represents just a small portion of the work being undertaken by our research students. Categories include poster display, oral presentation and variety showcase.

The winner of each category and the two runners up receive generous cash prizes.

2016 competition dates:

  • Oral Category - Prelims: 3 October 2016
  • Oral Category - Finals:  4 October 2016
  • Poster Category Display: 3-6 October 2016
  • Variety Showcase Category: 5 October 2016
  • Exposure Prize Giving: 6 October 2016

If you would like to enter Exposure 2016, please read the rules and regulations and the entry criteria and tips.