Three Minute Thesis competition

The challenge for doctoral researchers: communicate your research in just 180 seconds.

The annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges competitors to be clear, compelling and, above all, concise as they deliver a spoken presentation on their research topic in a mere 180 seconds.

Three Minute Thesis 2020 competition

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health measures, Bristol's 2020 competition was conducted virtually  with competitors in the semi-final and final presenting to a panel of judges via Zoom.


The semi-final was broadcast on the Bristol Doctoral College's Facebook page on 5 June 2020. To watch it online, just visit one of the links below.


The final was broadcast on the University's Facebook page on 12 June 2020. You can watch it in full above, or by using one of the links below.

Bristol winners

Winner: David Brigido 

Runner-up: Sophie Osbourne 

People’s Choice winner: David Brigido

Read the news story for full details

I urge everyone to have a go at the 3MT and take part in Research without Borders. You get a snapshot of all the research at the University that you might never even have realised is happening.

Alfie Wearn (PhD in Clinical Sciences), 2017 Bristol 3MT Winner

About Three Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. 

Find out more about its origins on the Three Minute Thesis website.

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Previous 3MT finals

Watch Bristol 3MT finals from previous years on YouTube.

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