What is the Three Minute Thesis Competition?

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges research higher degree students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing.

Anyone who is active in a PhD (including thesis under submission) are eligible to participate. Graduates will not be permitted to enter.

Anyone who is undertaking a professional/named/higher doctorate is not eligible.

The Doctoral School will organise and host the University of Lincoln Final on Wednesday 2nd May at 12.30 pm . Two awards will be presented at the final, Panel Winner and People’s Choice winner both will receive £100 voucher and the panel winner of the University of Lincoln final will then go forward to the UK Online Semi-final in July hosted by Vitae as well as represent the University of Lincoln at the EMDoc regional final (September 2018).

The top six contestants at the Semi-Final will go on to the UK final which will take place during the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in Birmingham in September 2018.

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description, the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Three Minute Thesis Competition 2018 is now open to applicants. Contact doctoralschool@lincoln.ac.uk to apply.     Application deadline: 13th April 2018.

Express your interest in the 2018 3MT Competition!

To express your interest in attending or presenting at the 2018 3 minute Thesis Competition please fill in the form below:

3MT Resources

3MT Student Handbook

A guide from the University of Queensland outlining the competition and the process, please disregard the prize section, this booklet is for information only and does not reflect our competition prizes.

Vitae 2015 Effective 3 Minute Thesis Slide

Tips for Effective Design and use of the 3-minute thesis slide

Vitae 2015 3MT Voice, Body, Breath

Tips on preparing to stand and deliver the 3 Minute Thesis

3MT Judging Criteria

Tips on preparing to stand and deliver the 3 Minute Thesis

3MT Countdown Timer

To help you practice in preparation for the 3 Minute Thesis Challenge!

Watch 3MT

The following videos are all 3MT winners or semi finalists, watching these will give you an idea of what the competition is about and you can also pick up tips on your own 3 Minute Thesis! Enjoy!

Jamie Kunz

2017 University of Lincoln 3MT Competition Winner
To what extent would environmental objectives be better served if international courts and tribunals moved away from anthropocentric perspectives in their jurisprudence?

Thomas Fudge

2017 3MT Competition Winner, Brunel University 
Decentralised Sanitation for developing communities with energy and nutrient recovery.

Euan Doidge

2017 3MT Semi Finalist, University of Edinburgh
WEEE are Golden: metal recovery by solvent extraction

Alexandra Davis

2017 3MT Semi Finalist, De Montfort University
Mini – me: cancer in 3D

Emily Prpa

2017 3MT Semi Finalist, Kings College London
Does an “apple a day” keep the doctor away?

Kataryzyna Smug

2017 Vitae 3MT Semi Finalist, University of Bath
Oranges versus crude oil: Can we reduce the use of crude oil by using plants?

Alfie Wearn

2017 Vitae 3MT Semi Finalist, University of Bristol 
Helping to treat Alzheimer’s disease by detecting ‘sticky’ memories.

Sammy Ramsey

2017 Universitas 21 3MT  Competition Winner, University of Maryland  
Parasites affecting bee decline.

Ryan Austin

2016 University of Lincoln 3MT Competition Winner
Identifying the missing Utilising Strontium Isotopes for Geolocation; Finding the Voice of Guatemala’s Forgotten

Faraz Khan

2016 3MT Finalist, University of Nottingham
Underutilised crop for food security; bambara groundnut

Ella Cranmer

2016 3MT Semi Finalist, Manchester Metropolitan
Developing an Augmented Reality (AR) Business Model for Cultural Tourism

Amanda De Salvatore

2016 Vitae 3MT Semi Finalist, Lancaster University
8-months pregnant Olympian still faster than you: Linking information source to knowledge about physical exercise during pregnancy

Sam Briggs

2016 Vitae 3MT Semi Finalist, Lancaster University
Polymers to Protocells: How can Chemistry help us understand the Origins of Life?

Adam Rush

2015 Semi finalist, University of Lincoln
Theatrical Cannibalism

Zaid Janjua

2015 3MT Winner, University of Nottingham
On Thin Ice!

Chioma Paul

2015 3MT Semi Finalist, Brunel University
Using Fiction to explore the traumatic impact of Grenada’s taboo history

Nicole Parish

2015 3MT Semi finalist Plymouth University 
Does this child have Autism? Exploring decision making in teams diagnosing Autism.

James Reynolds

2015 3MT Semi Finalist, Sheffield Hallam University 
The age of onset of cannabis use and executive function

Jonathan Hannabus

Jonathan Hannabus – 2015 3MT Semi Finalist, University College London
How do dividing cells know where to cut?

Mike Jestico

2015 3MT Semi Finalist, University of Leeds 
The power of photo-elicitation

Rhodri Thomas

2015 3MT Winner, Cardiff University 
The power of photo-elicitation

Ian Randall

2015 3MT Winner, University of Auckland
Reporting Paleontology: its relationship with, and representation in, print news media

Natalie Gasz

2015 3MT Winner, Deakin university, Australia
Medical maggots: Misunderstood superhereos?

Watch further 3MT competition videos online by searching the term ‘Three Minute Thesis’ in Google.