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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

Attend the prestigious Three Minute Thesis Competition.

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3MT® Competition at York St John

This year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) will take place on Thursday 2 May 2024. Please see the Three Minute Thesis Competition programme (PDF, 1.1 MB) for more details. Please note the programme is subject to change.

What is Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)?

The first ever Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was held at the University of Queensland in 2008. 3MT® is a rewarding way in which you can demonstrate your academic presentation and research communication skills to a non-specialist audience.

Why participate?

Participating in 3MT® gives you the chance to develop your research and presentation skills by learning how to communicate your research to non-specialists. You will get the chance to network with other researchers and actively engage with York St John University's research culture and if you win the competition you will be entered in the Vitae national semi-final!

Am I eligible to take part?

If you are a current PhD or Professional Doctorate researcher who has or will have successfully passed your transfer assessment, then you can take part in 3MT®.

What are the rules?

The main rule of the event is that you will present your research in 3 minutes using only 1 presentation slide. 

Visit the 3MT® website for in-depth competition rules.

Judging criteria

Our panel of judges will be looking at your comprehension and content and assess your understanding of the background and significance of your research questions while communicating your research in an engaging way to the audience.


The winner of York St John's 3MT® will be entered in the national Vitae competition taking place later in the year.

Further resources and training

All the competitors will receive training prior to the event which will cover the rules and tips to captivate and engage your audience.

More information about 3MT® can be found on the 3MT® website.

Watch last year's Vitae finalists.

Find out more

If you have any queries about this form or the competition, please contact the Research Office. Email

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