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3 Minute Thesis Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges you to present your research and its significance to a non-specialists in just 3 minutes. Its a prestigious national competition which ia recognised and valued - participating marks you out as an enterprising, expressive and engaging candidate. The competition is now closed. However, we will be running it again next year and we will contact you with details of the competition nearer the time.

How does it work?

  • 3MT is open to Research students who are on route to a PhD (but have not yet had their Viva). Last year's competitiors are very welcome to participate again.
  • A single static PowerPoint slide with no animations or 'movement' of any description. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word only with no additional electronic media or props
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding this are disqualified.


Advice from our winners

Manchester Metropolitan's 3MT Winner Ella Cranmer and our Runner-up Jennie Bailey give you their thoughts on why you should give our 3 Minute Thesis competition a go, along with their personal hints and tips to help you give a great presentation.

Remember, we also have our Online Workshop in presentation skills aimed at 3MT participants, and in our Presentations Showcase you will find videos of our winning presentations along with examples from around the globe in many different subject areas.


 What can you get from 3MT?Hints and Tips 

What is 3 Minute Thesis?


This less-than-a-minute video will tell you all the essentials you need to know about the competition.

 Feedback from previous participants

3MT has been a great opportunity to get valuable experience presenting to an academic audience from a variety of disciplines. It has been a useful exercise in learning how to communicate my research clearly and effectively. Sara Han (Hollings)

The 3MT competition encouraged me to work on articulating my thesis simply and concisely which will be invaluable in future job interviews, as well as in the viva and any future engagement activities. Amanda S. Davis (Business and Law)

Taking part in the 3MT was a great opportunity for me to communicate my work. I think it will be very useful practice for my Viva. Ajay Patel (Hollings