Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis competition 2017

We are excited to announce the Plymouth University Three Minute Thesis competition will be held on Friday 16 June 2017, 1400 - 1700.

Three Minute Thesis competition presentations are open to postgraduate research students currently enrolled in MPhil/PhD, professional doctorate programmes.

Entries for Three Minute Thesis competition

The Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT) enables postgraduate research students to present their research topic to a non-specialist audience. Participants will have just three minutes and one static PowerPoint slide to present an engaging presentation on their thesis and its significance. 

Please refer to the 3MT entry guidance notes. Entries for 3MT can be emailed to by Friday 2 June 2017.

Prizes for Three Minute Thesis competition

Participants have a chance to win a research or training related travel prize to the amount below:

1st prize £400* 

2nd prize £250 

3rd prize £150

*The winner of the Plymouth competition will go through to the UK 3MT National Competition in 2017.

Audience bookings 

We welcome anyone to attend as an audience member for all or any part of this event. Audience bookings can be emailed to The Three Minute Thesis competition is free for all to attend.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, and its success has established a range of local and national competitions in several countries. 

About the competition

The competition challenges doctoral students from any discipline to give a compelling spoken presentation about their research and its significance - in just three minutes. One single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No additional electronic media or props are allowed.

Competitors exceeding three minutes will be disqualified. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final. A panel of judges assesses each presentation against the below criteria, giving each one a score out of 30 points (ten points per section):

  • Communication style: was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience?
  • Comprehension: did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Engagement: did the oration make the audience want to know more?

3MT at Plymouth University

We held our first 3MT competition in 2014 and our second in 2015.

Visit the Three Minute Thesis website.

Three Minute Thesis national finalist 2015

Nicole Parish completed a clinical psychology doctorate in 2015 and was one of six doctoral students who made the UK Three Minute Thesis competition final

Read the article