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Explain your PhD in just three minutes

Take part in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition and develop valuable communication skills.

Mike Richardson - Bath 3MT 2021 winner
‘The experience was awesome, a great way to take a step back and think about what makes our research appealing to the public. Getting feedback from a variety of people during the process really helped to tailor the presentation to suit a wider audience.’
Mike Richardson Finalist of national 3MT® 2021 Competition, Department of Psychology

What is 3MT®

An 80,000-word PhD would normally take nine hours to present. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), challenges doctoral students to do it in three minutes using just one slide and no props!

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.

Previous University of Bath 3MT® winners