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Last updated: 13 Aug 2020 5:45pm

3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, and has been adopted by institutions world-wide, including the Universities of York, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton in the United Kingdom.

The ability to present your 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.

Who is eligible?

All candidates pursuing a doctorate, including those pursuing a professional doctorate, or a Master of Philosophy, who are nearing submission, usually within 12 months of submitting their thesis. Staff candidates are also eligible to apply.


  • A single PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (eg costumes, instruments [musical, laboratory etc]) are permitted.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs) and will commence when the presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum.
  • Competitors whose presentations exceed three minutes may be disqualified


Prizes of up to £1000 will be awarded to students for the best presentations to help towards the cost of conference attendance. The name of the winner will also be put forward to the 3 Minute Thesis National competition, details to be announced later. Prizes have been kindly donated by the City Future Fund.