Three Minute Thesis competition

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) 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?

Visit the Three Minute Thesis website.


3MT at the University of Plymouth

Entries for the university's 2019 3MT competition are now closed but we invite staff, students and members of the public to join the audience and watch our PGR student presentations as they compete for a chance to win a research or training related travel prize including: 1st prize £300; 2nd prize £200; 3rd prize £150, and for the opportunity to represent the university at the national 3MT competition.

Three Minute Thesis 2017

Towards a Novel Housing Technique for Iraq: An appropriate and thermally efficient housing design for Iraq

Omar Al-Hafith, School of Art, Design and Architecture, won the 2017 competition.

Three Minute Thesis national finalist 2015

Nicole Parish completed a clinical psychology doctorate in 2015 and was one of six doctoral students who made the UK Three Minute Thesis competition final

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