Three Minute Thesis Competition

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The 3MT® concept was developed by the University of Queensland, Australia and has spread to universities around the world. The challenge is for 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.

Taking part in this competition will help you

  • improve your public speaking skills
  • build your confidence
  • share your research with a wider audience (including possible funders, media and collaborators)
  • promote yourself and your research   

There are also cash prizes to win!  

All doctoral students (PhD or Professional Doctorate) who are registered as full-time, part-time, distance learning, industry-based, writing up or waiting to sit your viva at 19 June 2021 are eligible to enter the competition.

3MT rules

The 3MT competition has a list of internationally recognised rules, these are listed below:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted with no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps or songs).




Information/training workshops will be delivered through the Researcher Development Programme to support students interested in participating in the 2021 3MT competition.

Training will cover all aspects of the competition including:

  • A discussion of the judging criteria
  • How to engage your audience
  • How to use the PowerPoint slide effectively
  • How to pitch the presentation correctly
How to enter


We will be running an online entry semi-final process.

To enter the competition you will need to submit

  • your video (you delivering your 3 minute presentation with your slide in the shot)

Entries over 3 minutes long will not be considered.

You should submit your video to researcher.development@strath.ac.uk by Midnight on Sunday 16 May 2021. 


3MT Final

Up to 6 finalists will be selected from the semi-final entrants. The 3MT final details are TBC. 


Contact information

For more information please contact the Researcher Development Team - researcher.development@strath.ac.uk

3MT Competition Key Dates

Online semi-final entries: Midnight - Sunday 16 May 2021

Send your slide and video entry here

Final: first week in June 2021

How to enter

You can submit your video entry via email. 

Example 3MT Presentations

Want to have a look at some winning 3MT presentations?

Visit the 3MT showcase here

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