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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!

Congratulations to our 2018 Winner and Runner-Up!

Congratulations to our 3MT Winner, Mary Lockwood from Health, Psychology and Social Care with her presentation titled "What is the impact of storytelling on healthcare for children in chronic pain?"

And, to our Runner-Up, Dawn O'Dowd from Exercise and Sport Science at Cheshire Campus, with her presentation on "Strength, Mobility & Quality of Life in Muscular Dystrophy"


Our 2018 finalists!

Congratulations to all of our 2018 finalists, who will be competing in our institutional final on 08 June.

Dawn O'Dowd Cheshire, Exercise and Sport Science
Nahla Raffaoui Arts & Humanities 
Syed Adil Imam Science & Engineering
Sarah Daniels Science & Engineering
Mary Lockwood HPSC
Lucy Walker HPSC

 Our 2018 competitors

Well done to all of our 2018 competitors who presented across three heats. We were highly impressed with the standard of the presentations and our competition judges had a difficult job choosing the heat winners.

HeatPresenter NameFaculty


15 May 2018

Alexandra Consterdine Cheshire, Exercise and Sport Science 
Barbara Pessali-Marques Cheshire, Exercise and Sport Science 
Dawn O'Dowd Cheshire, Exercise and Sport Science
Ben Marshall Cheshire, Exercise and Sport Science 
Charlotte Moroney Arts & Humanities 
Memory Chiororo Education
Nahla Raffaoui Arts & Humanities 
Rebecca Hudson Science & Engineering
Qun Zhao HPSC

Manchester (1)

16 May 2018

Fatima Ali Arts & Humanities 
Georgia Wilson HPSC
Maria Lorono Science & Engineering
Christos Pantelidis Business & Law
Simms Kyei Business & Law
Valerie Huang Science & Engineering
Adil Imam Science & Engineering
Gemma Leslie Science & Engineering
Sarah Daniels Science & Engineering
Ruth Ande Science & Engineering

Manchester (2)

17 May 2018

Charlie Dahwa Business & Law
Moshabbab Alqahtani Business & Law
Mary Lockwood HPSC
Vicky Jolley Arts & Humanities 
Halima Benzdira Arts & Humanities 
Raya Karaganeva Science & Engineering
Lucy Walker HPSC
Paul Raby Business & Law
Chahla Lamri Arts & Humanities 

 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


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!