Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was developed by The University of Queensland to celebrate the exciting research conducted by research students. Participants have one slide and 3 minutes to present their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Since its inception in 2008, the competition has become a global event with over 900 institutions participating in over 85 countries.

In 2020 for the first time we held the competition virtually, all training took place online and the final was broadcast live on YouTube to allow for an audience to watch and support the finalists and to have their say in the People’s Choice vote. The 3MT 2020 final can be viewed here.

How to take part

We have gathered a list of FAQs over the years that you can see in this flipbook or alternatively, you can listen to the recording made by our Community and Public Engagement Coordinator, Susan Grant, by following this link.

Interested? Please email graduateschool@gcu.ac.uk for information about training sessions and how to sign up.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) from previous years.

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I knew zooming out of my research would be important but I didn't realise how important until I got stuck into the 3MT. It re-energised me and made me enthusiastic about my research again at a stage where I had become bogged down by data!

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Glasgow Caledonian University

I am now more confident and feel proud that I presented my research in a nontechnical language in just 3 minutes.

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Glasgow Caledonian University

I was incredibly hesitant at the thought of taking part in the 3MT challlenge, but now I have done it I would definitely recommend it! The experience increased my confidence and ability to describe my project in a simple and concise manner, particularly for those outside my research field. It is something extra you can add to your CV and you can direct potential collaborators or future employers to your online video. After multiple attempts at explaining, it was my actually my 3MT video that made my mother understand my PhD project. The 3MT journey is nerve-wracking but if you manage to succeed, the feeling of accomplishment makes it all worthwhile.

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Glasgow Caledonian University
3MT 2021 Judge's Choice Winner, Nichola Renwick (left) and People's Choice Winner Mubeen Mahmood (right)
3MT 2019 Judges' Choice Winner, Edward Averell, and People's Choice Award Winner, Lucyna Gozdzielewska