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3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

Why Enter our 3MT competition?

Enhance your skills and opportunities

Entering our 3MT® competition is a great way to improve your public speaking skills, engage funders and access networking opportunities.

We offer support to participants

The Graduate School offers support to 3MT® entrants which includes presentation training and drop-in sessions, as well as video and filming support for winners who are progressing to entry in external 3MT® competitions.

It can lead to further success

Winners of the UoN 3MT may also be entered in the external EMDoC, U21 and Vitae 3MT® competitions. UoN has a track record of success in these competitions. 

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The Three Minute Thesis 3MT® is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

The challenge is for researchers to explain the complexity and relevance of their research to a non-specialist audience in a concise and engaging way.

Presenters have a maximum of three minutes to pitch their research and can only use one slide.


Nottingham UK 3MT Competition 2017

Entries are invited from active Doctoral candidates who have successfully passed their confirmation milestone by the date of their first presentation (including thesis under submission).

The Graduate School 3MT live final will take place at the Link’17 Conference in June.  The winner will be selected by the audience and will represent Nottingham at EmDoc 2017 and potentially also the global Universitas 21 3MT Competition.

  • Drop in information session: Fri 5 May 2017 (9.30am-12pm), A03 Highfield House

  • Closing date for entries: Sun 14 May 2017

  • Live final at Link’17: Mon 19 June 2017

To help you prepare, all 3MT finalists will be invited to attend a training session on 23 May in preparation for their presentation at Link'17.

There is also a prize of £100 to the winner of the Nottingham UK competition and two runners up prizes of £50

How to Apply (Nottingham Competition):

Submit your entry (Moodle)

Create and upload a simple 3 minute 'talking-head' style video and 200 word research summary. You are not required to submit a professional production quality video, a simple video recorded on your phone is perfectly acceptable.  More detailed information on how to submit your entry, including competition terms and conditions can be found on the Moodle page.

Apply by Sunday 14 May 2017

Your video should aim to:

  • help the audience understand your research
  • provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance
  • clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes
  • follow a clear and logical sequence

Case Study #1 - Zaid Janjua (Vitae 3MT)

Zaid Janjua, a PhD student from Manufacturing and Process Technologies, was a double winner at Vitae’s 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on 8 September 2015.

As the winner of the Graduate School’s 3MT competition, he was entered into the UK semi-finals then progressed to compete at the live event held at the 2015 Vitae Researcher Development International Conference.

Taking both the judges' choice and people's choice awards, Zaid was awarded a 3K grant to spend on public engagement activity as well as the opportunity to present his talk Faraday Lecture Theatre in the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Watch Zaid's presentation on Youtube

Case Study #2 - Lillian JA Olule (U21 3MT)


Lillian JA Olule, PhD student from The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), won the ‘Highly Commended Award’ at the U21 (international) Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, and received a cash prize of USD500 (RM2,094.92).

Lillian JA Olule represented The University of Nottingham at the competition, after winning against her counterparts from Nottingham University’s UK and China campuses on 5 October.

Prior to that, she qualified as the UNMC representative at the Tri Campus round when she won the 3 Minute Thesis competition held at UNMC on 6 September.

Watch Lillian's presentation on Youtube


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