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Visualise your thesis

The Visualise Your Thesis TM is an international programme for graduate researchers developed by The University of Melbourne.

What is it?

Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) challenges graduate researchers at any stage of their candidature to present their projects in a 60-second, eye-catching, audio-visual digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, entrants are tasked with developing a striking visual presentation that succinctly describes their research and its potential benefits to a non-specialist audience. VYT provides graduate researchers with an opportunity to build and apply their digital literacy skills, ensuring they are workplace-ready, and provides institutions with an opportunity to showcase graduate research.

By creating a “visual elevator pitch” they will develop crucial employability skills including effective communication, digital literacy, and visual storytelling. They also build their awareness of open access to information and copyright.


The Deakin winner will receive $3000, with $2000 going to the runner-up and $500 going to the People's Choice awarded by the audience.

The Deakin winner will enter into the International Visualise Your Thesis Programme (online).

The winner of Trending on VYT selected based on how many views their video receives on the VYT International Figshare repository.

Why do it?

  • Create a one-minute explainer that can be used to disseminate your research
  • Develop your research communication skills
  • Pitch research impact to boost engagement
  • Benefit from a range of learning opportunities
  • Win attractive prizes!

Participation in VYT can be included in your an Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement as an AHEGS-worthy training though your Individual Learning Plan. AHEGS is a standardised format for Australian Higher Education qualifications that enables the qualifications to be recognised and renowned throughout the world. You need your supervisor approval to add this competition to your ILP.

Get on your Socials @VisualiseThesis, for details and updates.

Who is eligible to enter?

The Visualise Your Thesis competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (including students enrolled in Master Philosophy, Masters by Research, PhD or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending of registered VYT 2023 institutions.

Not eligible to enter the competition are -

  • Honours students
  • Masters by coursework students (even if their program has a research/thesis component)
  • Graduate researchers on a leave of absence (i.e. inactive and not attending)
  • Lapsed candidates
  • Graduate researchers who are employed by your university who may have, or may be perceived to have, influence over the competition outcome, research funding or related resourcing, or an otherwise unfair advantage over the other entrants from your university.

Research institutes affiliated with multiple universities may run their own VYT programme. However, graduate researchers may only enter one local round per year.

Entries should be unique and original. The resubmission of previous entries is only permitted where substantial revision has occurred.

How to enter

The VYT CloudDeakin course is the place to enter, learn and submit your final video. The researcher development team have organised resources and events to support you.

Register your interest now in the CloudDeakin Visualise Your Thesis site. 
You can self-enrol right now!

The basic rules and criteria are outlined below. For further information register in the CloudDeakin VYT site and download the 2023 VYT Entrant Pack for support and advice and to keep up-to-date with training news and updates.

Pre-submission studio

Learn how to enhance your research narrative and video storytelling by receiving feedback from a panel of experts!

Wed, 28 Jun 2023, 2:00 - 5:00pm, via Zoom.

Register for the Pre-submission Studio here.

Entries close: 5 July 2023, 11.59pm

Submit your entries via the CloudDeakin VYT site .

3MT/VYT research communication skills program

Research communication involves talking about your research and its benefits and impact to various audiences, including people who know nothing about research.

Deakin’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competitions and supporting communication skills program are a chance to learn how to do just that.

The 3MT and VYT research communications skills program will support you every step of the way from School, Faculty and Institute heats and finals to Deakin’s Grand Final.

Tap into individual coaching, workshops, online resources and opportunities to practice your presentation and receive feedback before competition heats and finals in your School, Faculty or Institute. Meet your peers and get to know them and their research. Showcase your research and expand your networks.

Bookmark the 3MT/VYT research communication skills program page to register for upcoming events, access resources and schedule an individual consultation with a researcher developer.

The 3MT competition sees PhD students distil their research and its impact into a compelling three-minute oration. Gain skills in presenting your research with confidence to a wider audience. Go to the 3MT page to find more information about the Deakin competition and how to enter.

2022 finals results

The Deakin finals were held as an in-person and live streamed event in conjunction with the Three Minute Thesis competition on August 18, 2022.


Deakin Research would like to thank all the entrants for their entries this year and congratulate our winners:

Winner: Himashini Whitley, Faculty of Health: ‘How do children construct their experience of moving around the neighbourhood, and what does this mean for what they think they can or can’t do?

Equal Runner-Up: Claire Samanna, Faculty of Health: ‘Can exercise improve disc health?’

Equal Runner-Up: Davita Coronel, Faculty of Arts and Education: ‘Skypuppies: Batcare in Melbourne’

People's Choice Winner:  Jack Parry, Faculty of Arts and Education: ‘The Object of Life’


Visit the Deakin Research YouTube Channel to view all the 2022 VYT finalists presentations and the VYT International figshare page to watch all VYT international entrants.

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