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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

Rob Edinburgh, Dept for Health, University of Bath 3MT Winner 2019
Rob Edinburgh, University of Bath 3MT winner and national finalist, 2019

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® 2020 and what to expect, read our Guide.

How to take part in 3MT® 2020

Previous winners

Rob Edinburgh, PhD Prorgamme in Health, was crowned winner at the 3MT® 2019 Final. Aitor Garcia - Ruiz, PhD Progamme in Physics, and Peter King, PhD Programme in Economics were runners up. Find out more about the 2019 Bath Final.

Read about our 3MT® 2019 finalists