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 and our second in 2015.

Visit the Three Minute Thesis website.

Three Minute Thesis national finalist

Nicole Parish, in the final year of a Clinical Psychology Doctorate, is one of six PhD students vying to win the Vitae Three Minute Thesis competition

Read the article

Watch the presentations by our 2014 finalists

Nicole Parish won our contest in 2015