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?

Visit the Three Minute Thesis website.


3MT at the University of Plymouth

Entries for the university's 2019 3MT competition are now closed - take a look at our winner's entry into the national competition below. Entries for the university's 2020 competition will be opened towards the end of the calendar year. Watch this space!

Enquiries can be emailed to researchskills@plymouth.ac.uk.

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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