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Three Minute Thesis (3MT)


Can you present your thesis in just 3 Minutes? Are you up for the challenge? You have three minutes, one static slide, no props, and no materials – just you! If you get through the first round we will train and support you so that you are ready for a live Warwick final on June 19th. The winner of this will get put forward to the regional finals – and who knows maybe the Final on September 16th in Birmingham.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition for doctoral students, originally developed by The University of Queensland ( It challenges you to present a compelling oration on your thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes.

3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills by challenging you to effectively explain your research in engaging, accessible language to a non-specialist audience.

Why enter?

  • Share your research with the wider Warwick community
  • The skills you’ll develop are essential on the job market, in lectures, conferences and many other contexts where you need to make an impact
  • Develop a snappy 3-minute video to use on your website or elsewhere

Interested? Here's how to enter..

To enter, you must be a current Warwick doctoral student, and must not have had your viva by the time of the final 19th June 2019. You will also need to sign into a Warwick web page and click on the SkillsForge link or access via SkillsForge event code = GS3

The 3MT® competition is best suited to researchers in second year or above (or part-time equivalent) as they tend to have a more fully formed project, but first-year doctoral or PhD students are also welcome to enter. Any questions, email us on

IMPORTANT: You can find guidance on how to create your video and what makes an effective 3MT presentation via Moodle (click link then 'Enrol me').


  • Prize to the value of £500 for the overall winner, and a chance to enter the national 3MT competition
  • Prize to the value of £200 for the runner up
  • Prize to the value of £100 for the popular choice award

The process:

Stage 1: Read the rules. Then upload your own Three Minute Thesis video via the video submission page by 13th May 2019

This video won't be public, and it won't be judged for its technical quality: our judges will be looking for people who can communicate their research in an interesting, engaging and clear way.

Stage 2: Shortlisting. Our team of judges will select a shortlist, and if you are shortlisted you will go forward to the final on 19th June 2019. All submissions will be reviewed and the best 8 taken forward. Successful finalists will be notified by 24th May.

Stage 3: Training. The eight competitors will receive a day’s training (date tbc) to ensure your presentation skills are at their best.

Stage 4: SAVE THE DATE! The 3MT final, 19th June 2019, 15:00 - 17:30 (including wine reception). Finalists will present their Three Minute Thesis for a live audience of staff, students and guests in the Ramphal Lecture Theatre. All finalists will be videoed and these videos will be publicly available online after the event.

This event will also be live streamed. Should you book you are giving consent to be included.

Post-event: The Warwick winner will be entered into the online national semi-final (date tbc - July/August). If selected for the national final, you will need to be available to travel to Birmingham for the evening of 16th September 2019. Travel costs will be covered.

What are the judges looking for?

Don’t submit your video without carefully reading the Rules of entry and Judging criteria

Key Dates

13 May 2019


Video submission deadline

22 May 2019


24 May 2019 Successful finalists notified
5 June 2019 One day finalist training
TBC Organised peer support sessions
19 June 2019
Want to come and watch the Warwick Live Final 19th June?

PGRs = Access via SkillsForge - event code GS4

Or fill in our form!

Finalists must be available for the national final: 16 September 2019, Birmingham

    See how it's done:

    Melissa Colloff reached the top six at the national 3MT Final