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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.

2021 Winners:

Evette Hillman, Winner

Helen Pocock, Runner up

You can watch the entire competition here:

What are the judges looking for?

Here are the Rules of entry and Judging criteria

2020 Judges:

Dr David Wright   Dr David Wright (Centre for Cultural and Media Policy Studies) says "A 3MT presentation demands laser-like focus on your ideas and why they’re important. The challenge is to be true to the essential complexity of your work without relying too heavily on the comforts of technical or theoretical language. Solving that puzzle effectively, in a strict, no-frills format, will develop skills that are vital to communicating research within and beyond the academy."
Amy Newman Our 2019 Runner Up and Popular Choice Award says "Participating in the 2019 3MT competition was a great experience. The training I received as a finalist was very helpful and I gained a lot of insight into how to both create and deliver engaging talks. It was satisfying to see it all come together on the day, and I’m honoured to have won two of the prizes . Soil microbiology maybe isn’t the most interesting sounding PhD topic at first glance, but I’m glad I managed to convince the audience and judges otherwise!."   Amy Newman

2021 Mini 3MT

2020 3MT Overall Winner

2020 3MT Runner Up and Popular Choice Award

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