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Join us at 3MT® LIVE! 

22 May 12-1.30pm
Keighton Auditorium

Join us at the Three Minute Thesis Live Final and help decide the Nottingham winner! The live final is open to everyone (undergraduate students, postgraduates, staff and the public).

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

At 3MT® LIVE!  you will hear about the world-changing research happening at Nottingham directly from the researchers and have the opportunity to vote for your favourite presentation in the People’s Choice Award.

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

Book your place and join us at the live event!


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 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, judging criteria and competition terms and conditions can be found on the Moodle page.

Apply by Monday 29 April 2019

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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