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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

James Boxall-Clasby presenting at the 2019 CSCT Summer Showcase
James Boxall-Clasby, the 2020 3MT® winner, presenting at the 2019 CSCT Summer Showcase

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.

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!

Rob Edinburgh, University of Bath 3MT® winner and national finalist.

Find out more

For full details about how to take part in 3MT® 2021 and what to expect, read our Guide.

How to take part in 3MT® 2021

Previous winners

James Boxall-Clasby was crowned winner at the 3MT® 2020 Final - find out more about his presentation and the other 2020 finalists.

Read about our 3MT® 2020 finalists