University of Bath

Explain your PhD in just three minutes

Take part in this year's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) to develop valuable communication skills and showcase your research PhD and why it matters.

The 3MT is an unparalleled opportunity to reach new audiences with your research.
The 3MT is an unparalleled opportunity to reach new audiences with your research.

An 80,000-word PhD would normally take nine hours to present. This competition, open to research PhD candidates, challenges you to do it in three minutes using just one slide and no props.

Why take part

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an unparalleled opportunity for PhD students at Bath to profile their research and expertise.

You will gain valuable, transferable skills in research communication and presentation. You will develop a concise ‘elevator pitch’ about your work in language appropriate to non-specialist audiences – a skill useful wherever your PhD takes you.

You’ll also gain important exposure for the work you’re doing. Previous finalists have used the platform to reach new audiences with their research, helping them secure new funding or develop important collaborations.

You will meet colleagues from around our research community who can help propel your work in new and exciting ways.

Winners of the Faculty Heats will also each receive an iPad Mini.

Register to present at the 3MT Faculty Heats

Watch our 3MT Winner 2016

How to get involved

Participants must be registered for a research degree (PhD or Professional Doctorate) at the University of Bath and have completed confirmation or transfer but not yet had their final viva by the date of their first presentation. Graduates are not eligible.

The 3MT Faculty Heats take place on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

The Final will be part of the University of Bath Festival on Saturday 6 May 2017.

Three things you need to know

  • Only use one single static PowerPoint slide - this needs to be up from the moment you start
  • Don't use additional media (like sound or video files) or additional props
  • If you go beyond three minutes you will be disqualified

Read more on the rules and judging criteria

Watch last year's 3MT heats