The Three Minute Thesis at Brighton 2022

Closed for competition registration!

Competition details in brief


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


University of Brighton live, in-person event: Thursday 16 June 2022
Deadline to register: Tuesday 31 May 2022 Deadline extended to Monday 06 June, 12.00hr (midday – not midnight!)


In front of the audience at the Festival of Postgraduate Research, 16 June, Huxley, Moulsecoomb. Our judges’ winner will take home £400 and go through to the online quarter final of the national 3MT competition hosted by research professionals, Vitae. If you reach the national final, you’ll be competing for Vitae’s top prize of £3000.


To develop those all important research communication and presentation skills!

The 3MT challenge can also help you to identify the essence and importance of your research – a huge help for writing abstracts and summarising your research at viva and beyond.

And of course, you’ll be competing for cash prizes and recognition at both local and potentially national level!


Check out the competitor guidance on the website of the University of Queensland, creators of the 3MT.

Get inspired by watching the live online 2021 national 3MT final.

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 doctoral students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The event at Brighton is one of the highlights of our Festival of Postgraduate Research. Audience members tell us how much they enjoy watching the talks while participants tell us how much they gain from entering 3MT. In particular, 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 to our doctoral researchers.

University of Brighton Prizes

Judges’ Prize

People’s Choice Prize

1st: £400
Runner up: £200

How to enter


  1. Submit your online registration form for the Brighton competition by Monday 06 June 2022, 12.00hr (button at top of page). This form asks for a title and short summary of your 3MT presentation. Don’t worry too much about this. We will check final wording with you before the event.

Registration forms received after 06 June will not be accepted as they will miss our deadline for accompanying 3MT print materials.

Competition details

Doctoral students who have not had their viva by the time of the local competition (16 June 2022) are eligible to participate.

Click for judging criteria

Click for competition rules

Find out more at our 3MT introductory talk

Introduction to the Three Minute Thesis (Doctoral College PRDP workshop)
Friday 06 May 2022, 13.00-14.00 (see session recording below)