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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

Enter the prestigious Three Minute Thesis Competition.

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The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ).

It celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Students must explain their research in 3 minutes.

Read about the history of the competition.

Benefits of taking part

Skills development for research candidates

Students develop academic, presentation and research communication skills. They develop their ability to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Building research culture in schools and institutes

3MT provides a valuable opportunity for candidates to come together, get to know one another and talk about their research. It provides a supportive environment in which universities can provide presentation skills training.

Building external relations for the university

3MT winners may go on to represent their university at national and international 3MT competitions. These provide an excellent networking and professional development opportunity. Previous 3MT finalists have benefited from invitations to a variety of other networking events.

3MT Competition at York St John


Active PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have passed their transfer stage (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first presentation are eligible to participate in 3MT.


  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech (timing does not include the 3MT title slide and commences from when the competitor starts speaking, not the start of the video).
  • Videos must meet the following criteria:
    - Filmed on the horizontal
    - Filmed on a plain background
    - Filmed from a static position
    - Filmed from one camera angle
    - Contain a 3MT title slide
    - Contain a 3MT PowerPoint slide (top right corner/right side/cut to)
  • A single static slide is permitted in the presentation (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description). This can be visible continuously, or ‘cut to’ (as many times as you like) for a maximum of 1 minute or submitted via email if not included in the presentation.
  • The 3 minute audio must be continuous – no sound edits or breaks.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment and animated backgrounds) are permitted within the recording.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
  • Submissions via video format (only video link provided to Event Coordinators). Files sent in other formats will not be accepted.
  • Entries submitted for final adjudication to Wildcard or University Final are to be submitted from the School/ Faculty/Institute 3MT Event Coordinator. Competitors should not submit their videos directly to 3MT.

Competitors will not be judged on video/ recording quality or editing capabilities (optional inclusions). Judging will focus on the presentation, ability to communicate research to a non-specialist audience, and 3MT PowerPoint slide.

After each competition round competitors have the option to either submit their current presentation or rerecord and submit a new presentation for entry into the next round.


First Place: £250 and entry into the Vitae national semi-final.

Runner up: £150

People’s Choice: £100

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