An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit....3 minutes


What is the 3MT

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) which challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries and present them to a non-specialist audience in under 3 minutes. The concept has developed rapidly, and 3MT competitions are now held in over 900 universities and institutions across more than 80 countries worldwide. Along with the opportunity to win prizes at both Faculty and University-wide levels, the competition provides students with an opportunity to develop their presentation and communication skills, raise the profile of their research and act as a career-booster for many participants (Vitae, 2020).


In addition to individual Faculty prizes, this year's 3MT Final Judges' winner will receive £1,500 towards research-related activities and the opportunity to represent the University in the Vitae (UK) semi-finals. There will also be a 3MT Final Peoples' Choice prize of £1,000 towards research-related activities.

Eligibility and how to enter

The competition is open to postgraduate students who have successfully transferred to PhD but not yet had their viva at the date of their first presentation (i.e. the Faculty heats).

For more information, please contact your Faculty 3MT representative (detailed below).

Key dates for 2021

Introduction to the Three Minute Thesis Competition 202114th January 2021, 1pm, via MS Teams
Powerful Presentations – Participant Training (External Provider)29th January 2021, 10am, this activity takes place online
Faculty HeatsBusiness - 17th February 2021
Education Health & Human Sciences – 24th February 2021
Engineering & Science – 5th March 2021
Liberal Arts & Sciences – 26th February 2021
Finalist Training (External Provider)19th April 2021, 10am, location to be confirmed

Book Session:

Introduction to the Three Minute Thesis Competition 2021

Powerful Presentations - Participant  Training (External Provider) - 29th January 2021

For more information

To enter the faculty heats please contact your Faculty Research Office contact below:

Business – Gillian Haxell - email
Education Health & Human Sciences – Rebecca Smith - email
Engineering & Science – Lara Nolan/Sian Nicholson – email
Liberal Arts & Sciences – Vania Thewlis - email

For training information please log on to the Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme Moodle page
or email

For an opportunity to view 3MT showcases from 2020 and find out more information on the competition please visit