Visualise Your Thesis


The Visualise Your Thesis competition celebrates research conducted by graduate research students around the world.

Developed by The University of Melbourne, graduate researchers are challenged to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display.

Submissions are judged on their visual impact and how well the content presents the research. Presenting in a digital format allows for different levels of creativity, multi-media, interactivity and interpretation, and is suitable for all disciplines.

The winner of the University of Adelaide Visualise Your Thesis competition receives a prize of $1000 and is given the opportunity to compete in the International online showcase hosted by The University of Melbourne in the later part of the year.

  • Key dates

    1 July: Competition opens to accept submissions

    1 - 28 July: Online support material available for self-directed learning

    15 - 26 July: Meet one-on-one with an expert

    28 July: Last day for competition submissions (closes at 11:59 pm)

    26 August: University of Adelaide winners announced at awards event 

    September: University of Adelaide winning entry to compete in online International competition

  • Prizes

    1st prize: $1000

    2nd prize: $500

    3rd prize: $250

    People's choice: $250

    The winner must agree to their entry being displayed on the University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis website and in the University of Adelaide's online media.

  • Eligibility

    This competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D., or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending.

    Not eligible to enter the competition:

    • Honours students
    • Masters by coursework students (even if their program has a research/thesis component)
    • Graduate researchers on a leave of absence (inactive and not attending)
    • Lapsed candidates
  • Training and support

    Let us help you! Don’t worry if you’re not digitally savvy, and certainly don’t let it put you off entering. The University is committed to building your digital communication skills (very handy when trying to communicate complex research), and we will provide you with all the assistance you need to create your submission. 

    Online training course

    This course is now available online! You can self-enrol below:

    online training course

    The Learning Enhancement & Innovations team have partnered with the library to develop your digital capability and together we can provide online support in:  

    • Translating your abstract – describing your research to a non-specialist audience, adapting the idea into a story 

    • Storyboarding your idea – breaking down the story, using supporting materials and media, choosing the technology, review 

    • Bringing the idea to life – refining the tools and methods, reviewing your final product 

    • Refining and submission – adding title screens and attribution, checking technical requirements 

    • Copyright advice – ensuring your submission meets all of the copyright requirements. The University of Melbourne have provided Copyright videos containing information on how to keep your submission copyright compliant.


    Meet with an expert one-on-one sessions

    The Learning Enhancement & Innovation will be on hand to provide one-on-one support to entrants. The sessions will run for 1 hour in The Cog which is located on Level 7 of Kenneth Wills building, North Terrace. 

    Sessions held include: translating and storyboarding, designing and refining, and copyright support.

    Top tips to get you started

    • Keep it simple 

    • Focus on your story, not the technology 

    • Leverage the capability of your chosen technology (and your existing skills) 

    • Be clear with your intention

  • Participant kit and information

    Please email Visual Thesis for further information.

  • Terms and conditions

    All entrants should ensure that they're familiar with the Terms and Conditions of this competition before submission.

  • 2018 showcase

    See the Visualise your Thesis 2018 Showcase from the University of Melbourne for examples of winning entries from the 2018 competition.

  • Contact us

    If you have any questions regarding the competition, please email the library at Visual Thesis for further information.