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Present your research at our Virtual 3MT®


Apply by Sunday 10 May

This year's 3MT® competition will now take place entirely online with the virtual final taking place on Wednesday 17 June. 

The average doctoral thesis would take 9 hours to present.  They only have three minutes!

Finalists will present their research live via video to a panel of judges representing each of the five faculties. Their presentations will be recorded and shared with the public who will be invited to vote for their favourite presentaiton in the People's Choice award.


  • Judges Choice (competition winner): £250
  • Judges Choice Runner up: £150
  • People's Choice Award: £100

The winner will also represent Nottingham at the EmDoc, Vitae and potentially also the global Universitas 21 3MT® Competitions.


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

The challenge is for doctoral 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.


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 a pre-application presentation training and information session, 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 3MT® LIVE! may also be entered in the external EMDoC, U21 and Vitae 3MT® competitions. UoN has a track record of success in these competitions. 

How to Apply (Nottingham Competition)

Submit your entry (Moodle)

Create and upload a simple 3 minute 'talking-head' style video and 150 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, judging criteria and competition terms and conditions can be found on the Moodle page.

Apply by Sunday 10 May

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 

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 and was awarded a 3K grant to spend on public engagement activity.

Watch Zaid's presentation 

Case Study 2 - Chidinma Raymond 


Nottingham has a great track record in this competition. Last year's 3MT® LIVE! winner, Chidinma Raymond, was shortlisted to present her research at the 2019 Vitae Conference and took the People's Choice Award in the Global U21 3MT Competition

Watch Chidinma's presentation 


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