Three Minute Thesis (3MT) 2020


The Festival of Postgraduate Research has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis. Apologies for any disappointment. We hope to provide further information when the situation is more stable.

Competition details in brief

When?

Deadline: Registration: Monday 23 March 2020, 10.00hr

Where?

In front of the audience at the Festival of Postgraduate Reseach, Wed 01 April, Huxley, Moulsecoomb. Our judges’ winner will take home £400 and go through to the national 3MT competition hosted by research professionals, Vitae. If you reach the national final, you will be required to present in Birmingham on 14 September 2020 where you’ll compete for Vitae’s top prize of £3000.

What?

Explain your thesis to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in three minutes or less, using only one slide.

Why?

To develop those all important research communication and presentation skills; to identify the essence and importance of your research (a huge help for writing abstracts and summarising your research at viva and beyond); to raise your research profile; and to compete for cash prizes and recognition at both local and potentially national level.


Competition details in full

About 3MT

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition developed by the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2008. Since then, 3MT competitions have been held at over 600 universities around the world. In the UK, the national competition is hosted by Vitae.

The 3MT challenge aims to cultivate students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills.

2020 marks the fourth year of 3MT at Brighton and the competition is undoubtedly the hightlight of our annual Festival of Postgraduate Research. Audience members tell us how much they enjoy watching this event and learning about our doctoral students’ fascinating research. Topics to date have ranged from anabolic steroids to Saudi women through to ocean cruising. Participants too tell us how much they gain from 3MT. The process of re-focusing to find the heart of the project after being so close to it for so long has proved to be immensely valuable. Similarly, crafting a polished script designed to communicate a project without dumbing it down develops skills to stand any researcher in good stead both during and beyond the PhD.

Prizes

Judges’ Prize

People’s Choice Prize

1st: £400
Runner up: £200
£250

How to enter

Deadline:

  1. Your online registration form for the Brighton competiton by Monday 23 March 2020, 10.00hr (button at top of page)

Registration forms received after this date will not be accepted as they will miss our internal deadline for accompanying 3MT print materials.

Competition details

Eligibility
Doctoral students who have not had their viva by the time of the local competition (01 April) are eligible to participate.

Click for judging criteria

Click for competition rules

Need help with your presentation?

Preparing for the Three Minute Thesis (Doctoral College PRDP workshop)
Wednesday 04 March 2020, 14.00-16.00, Cockcroft 808, Moulsecoomb campus

This 3MT workshop will help you to identify and communicate the essence of your research; understand how to address the needs of a non-specialist audience; acquire succinct communication skills and build your confidence in presenting. The session is run by Dr Ross English who has considerable experience in delivering 3MT training and is a regular judge in the UK’s 3MT semi-final round.

Book your workshop place now

Our first 3MT participants in 2017 L-R: Patricia Soares, Lujain Mirza, Bahar Esfahani, Madeleine Conaghan, Qiaoyi Wang, Myrsini Athinaiou, Majed Al-Jefri

Three Minute Thesis 2019

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 An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present.

Your time limit… 3 minutes.


Call for applications: deadline extended! 12.00 (midday) Wednesday 01 May 2019 Monday 13 May, 10am

When you’re asked to summarise your thesis at your viva, what will you do? Freeze? Burble away? Refer the examiners to the document in front of them? Or think back to the time you participated in 3MT and feel a surge of confidence because you know you’ve got this?

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) offers a unique opportunity to develop skills vital for today’s researcher. The challenge of explaining your thesis to a non-specialist audience in less than three minutes, using only one slide, helps you to identify the essence of your research and highlight why it matters. It’s all too easy to lose sight of this when you’re steeped in the details of your work.

The competition at Brighton is undoubtedly one of the highlights of our annual Festival of Postgraduate Research. In the last couple of years, students from a range of schools have skillfully explained their research and created some nail-biting moments as the clock ticks down.

Interested in participating this year? Sign up for our 3MT workshop (optional) on Thursday 28 March and complete our short 3MT registration form.

The event at Brighton will be held on 22 May, Moulsecoomb. We’ll be awarding £400 to the judges’ prize winner and £200 to the runner up, while £250 goes to the speaker winning the most audience votes.

But it doesn’t end there. Our local event is part of a bigger national competition hosted by Vitae. Brighton’s winner will go on to participate in the UK online semi-final. If they go through to the final, they’ll be competing for a prize of £3K.

Register online by 10am on Monday 13 May 2019 by clicking the button below.

For a range of tips, guidance and to view 3MT videos, check out our resource pack:

And be sure to familiarise yourself with the competition rules, judging criteria and eligibility criteria.

The UK final takes place on Monday 16 September 2019 in Birmingham. Doctoral candidates who have not yet had their viva at the time of our local competition on Wednesday 22 May will be eligible to participate.

See also:

Watch the 2018 Brighton 3MT final online

Watch the 2017 Brighton 3MT final online

Three Minute Thesis 2018

Registration closed for entering the 3MT competition.


3mt-logo

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present.

Your time limit… 3 minutes.


For the second year running, the University of Brighton will be participating in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Hosted by Vitae, the 3MT invites doctoral students to explain their research and its significance to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes, using only one slide.

3MT 2018 Judge's 1st prize £400, runner-up £200. People's Choice prize £250

The 3MT is not only an exciting and fun competitive event, it offers an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to develop their communication and public engagement skills. When we ran the competition and our accompanying workshops last year, a number of students in the thick of their thesis commented on how 3MT preparation helped them take a beneficial back step and re-focus on the essence and importance of their research.

The prize money is also nice! Our 3MT competition will be held as part of our Festival of Postgraduate Research on 7 June. We’ll be awarding £400 to the judges’ prize winner and £200 to the runner up, while £250 goes to the speaker winning the most audience votes cast on the day. And if our winner goes on to compete at the national level, they could win a grant of £3K.

If you’d like to participate in our university competition, please register online by 12pm (midday) on Friday 18 May 2018 by clicking the button below.

For a range of tips, guidance and to view 3MT videos, check out our resource pack:

And be sure to familiarise yourself with the competition rules, judging criteria and eligibility criteria.

The UK final takes place on Monday 17 September 2018 in Birmingham. Doctoral candidates who have not yet had their viva at the time of our local competition on Thursday 7 June will be eligible to participate. Our winner will automatically go through to Vitae’s online semi-final held during July and August.

Want to know more? Read all about last year’s Brighton event and watch the 30 minute video of our nail-biting live final here. How nail-biting? Take a look at the presentation from our double-winner (judges’ and people’s choice prizes), Lujain Mirza, starting at around 23.30 minutes – and don’t forget to breathe!