University of Bath

Explain your PhD in just three minutes

Take part in this year's Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition and develop valuable communication skills

Kasia Smug, winner of Bath's 3MT® 2017 final.
Kasia Smug, winner of Bath's 3MT® 2017 final. (Image from Vitae)

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

What is 3MT®

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

Why take part

Taking part is a great opportunity to reach new audiences with your research.

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 or doctorate 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.

Find out more

For full details about how to take part in 3MT® and what to expect, read our Guide.

How to take part in 3MT® 2018

Previous winners

Kasia Smug and Emma Sackville from our Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) were crowned winner and runner-up at the 3MT® 2017 Final. Find out more about their success.

Read about 3MT® 2017 winners