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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 International Final on 17th September 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 access SkillsForge.

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 ( under construction)(click link then 'Enrol me').

Key dates:

  • Live final: 19th June 2019
  • Finalists must be available for the national final: 17th September 2019, Birmingham


  • £500 research travel grant for overall winner
  • Chance to enter the national 3MT competition for overall winner
  • £150 cash for runner up
  • £50 Amazon voucher for The People's Choice award

The process:

Stage 1: Read the rules. Then upload your own Three Minute Thesis video via the video submission page by 1st 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 20th May.

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

Stage 4: SAVE THE DATE! The 3MT final, 19th June 2019, 15:00 - 17:30. 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.

Post-event: The Warwick winner will be entered into the online national semi-final 7th July 2019. If selected for the national final, you will need to be available to travel to Birmingham for the evening of 17th 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

See how it's done:

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

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