Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition
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The Doctoral College is excited to be hosting the University of Plymouth Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition again.

About the competition

Three Minute Thesis 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.

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?

Our participants have a chance to win a research or training related travel prize including: 1st prize £300; 2nd prize £200; 3rd prize £150.

Entries are now closed but we invite staff, students and members of the public to join the audience to watch our postgraduate research student presentations as they compete for a chance to represent the University at the national 3MT competition. All are welcome to attend - there is no need to book.

For more information, please visit our Three Minute Thesis competition page or email

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