University of Bath

Explain your PhD in just three minutes

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

Kay Fountain, winner of Bath's 3MT® 2018 final.
Kay Fountain, winner of Bath's 3MT® 2018 final.

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®

Previous winners

Kay Fountain from the Department of Biology and Biochemistry was crowned winner at the 3MT® 2018 Final. Michael Joyes from and Laura Wallace, both from the Department of Chemistry, were both awarded runner up. Find out more about their success.

Read about 3MT® 2018 winners