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Three Minute Thesis (3MT)

The Challenge

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. The winner of this will get put forward to the regional finals – and who knows maybe the National Final.

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..

We'll post details on the 3MT 2020 competition in future. Watch this space!

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 tba for the overall winner, and a chance to enter the national 3MT competition
  • Prize tba for the runner up
  • Prize tba for the popular choice award

The process:

Stage 1: Read the rules. Then upload your own Three Minute Thesis video.

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 Warwick final. All submissions will be reviewed and the best taken forward. Successful finalists will be notified.

Stage 3: Training. The 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, TBA. Finalists will present their Three Minute Thesis for a live audience of staff, students and guests. 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 on the date. 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

2019 3MT Overall Winner

2019 3MT Runner Up and Popular Choice Award

Our other great 2019 participants...

Looking back...

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