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How to take part in 3MT® 2019

This guide tells you about eligibility, sign up, rules and judging criteria

Jemma Rowlandson, Dept of Chemical Engineering. 3MT Winner, 2016
Jemma Rowlandson, 3MT Winner, 2016


To be eligible to take part in the competition you must be registered for a doctoral degree (PhD or Professional Doctorate) at the University of Bath but not yet had your final viva by the date of your first competitive 3MT® presentation.

Taking part in 3MT®

Applications have now closed for 3MT® 2019.

3MT® competition rules

The following rules must be strictly followed to avoid disqualification:

  • only a single static PowerPoint slide is permitted
  • no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed
  • the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the talk
  • no additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • no additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted
  • presentations are limited to a maximum of three minutes - competitors exceeding three minutes will be disqualified
  • presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs)
  • presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech
  • the decision of the judging panel is final

Judging criteria

3MT® presentations will be judged against the following:

Comprehension and content

  • did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • did the speaker avoid research jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and communication

  • did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
  • was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?