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.

Anyone who is active in a PhD (including thesis under submission) is 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 host the University of Lincoln Final on Wednesday 20th February 2019 at the Postgraduate Research Student Showcase Conference.

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 2019).

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 2019.

  • 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 2019 is now open to applicants.

Email us for more information.

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 Effective 3 Minute Thesis Slide

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

Vitae 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 and the University of Lincoln 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! 

Bradley Allsop, School of Social & Political Sciences

Jamie Kunz

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Thomas Fudge

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Euan Doidge

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Alexandra Davis

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Emily Prpa

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Kataryzyna Smug

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Alfie Wearn

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Sammy Ramsey

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Ryan Austin

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Faraz Khan

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Adam Rush

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Zaid Janjua

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Rhodri Thomas

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Ian Randall

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Natalie Gasz

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