Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MTĀ®) 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, our second in 2015 and our third in 2017.

Visit the Three Minute Thesis website.

Three Minute Thesis 2017

Towards a Novel Housing Technique for Iraq: An appropriate and thermally efficient housing design for Iraq

Omar Al-Hafith, School of Art, Design and Architecture, won the 2017 competition.

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

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