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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

The winner, Mike Richardson and second place, Bas Lodewijks of our 3MT® 2021 competition
The winner, Mike Richardson (left) and second place, Bas Lodewijks of our 3MT® 2021 competition

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. Rob Edinburgh, who won the University of Bath 3MT® final and went on to present in the National Final in 2019, said:

Having participated in the 3MT® competition, organised by the Doctoral College, I could not recommend it highly enough. Whatever stage of the PhD you are in, it is 100% worth the time and effort for the opportunities and career development. Plus you get to work with a great group of people!

Previous University of Bath 3MT® winners

Find out more

For full details about how to take part in 3MT® 2022 and what to expect, read our Guide.

How to take part in 3MT® 2022