Three Minute Thesis competition

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?

Visit the Three Minute Thesis website

3MT at the University of Plymouth

Entries for the University's 2021 3MT competition are now open until 24 May 2021 – take a look at our previous winners' entries below. 

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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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