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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition is an academic competition for PhD students that challenges you to describe your research in three minutes to a non-specialist audience, using only one PowerPoint slide to help you and no other resources or props!

Why should I enter?

  • To celebrate and share your research with the wider Manchester Met PGR community
  • To develop skills essential for today’s job market, whether inside or outside academia
  • To help you to prepare for your viva or transfer exam
  • To get a three-minute video for use on your own website or elsewhere (finalists only)
  • To win cash prizes!

If you don’t believe us, ask our winners! Scroll down the page to see their video.

Am I eligible?

To take part in 3MT:

  • You must not have had your viva by the time of our institutional final on 08th June 2018
  • You must be willing to consider entering the national competition if you win the University event
  • You must be willing to be filmed in the final

Application now open!

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Check your student email now for your password to access our application form.

Where next?


What our winners say

Manchester Met’s 2016 winner, Ella Cranmer, and runner-up, Jennie Bailey, tell you why you should give 3MT a go!


Key dates

Tuesday 15 May 2018  Cheshire Heat
Wednesday 16 May 2018   Manchester Heat
Thursday 17 May 2018  Manchester Heat
Friday 08 June 2018   Manchester Met Final 
September 2018  National Final


Apply now!

3MT 2018 is now open for application. You will have received an email to your student email address with your application password.

You'll then be able to use your password to apply here:‌

As part of your application, you are asked to submit a 300-word proposal. For more information, take a look at the 3MT page in the Research Students Community Area on Moodle


Prizes available

 Final Winner  £300 Amazon gift voucher
 Final Runner Up  £100 Amazon gift voucher
 Heat Winners (each)  £50 Amazon gift voucher (per heat)


Hints and tips from previous winners

For help planning your 3MT presentation these hints and tips from our 2016 winner and runner up, Ella Cranmer and Jennie Bailey, should have you well on your way to a fantastic presentation.

3MT - Manchester Met and beyond!

3MT is a truly international phenomenon. Originally developed by The University of Queensland, 3MT competitions are now held at universities around the world.
In the UK, winners of institutional competitions are eligible to enter our national competition, run by Vitae. Winning the Manchester Met competition could take you all the way to the national final, a live event to be held at the 2018 Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in September 2018. What are you waiting for?
Watch 3MT presentations from around the world!