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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

Enter the prestigious Three Minute Thesis Competition.

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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 three minutes using only 1 presentation slide. 

You can find the in-depth virtual competition rules here.

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 receive £250 and be entered in the national Vitae competition taking place later in the year.

There will also be a runner up prize of £150 and £100 for the People's Choice Award where you get to vote for your favourite competitor.

Further resources and training

All the competitors will receive training prior to the event which will cover the rules, how to set up your video 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 on YouTube.

Find out more

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

You can find out more information about 3MT® at

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