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 with one static slide. The semi-final and final are in-person competitions, with a live audience and judging panel, held in May 2024.
Dates for 2024
17 Apr - 1st round, PGR Hub, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
7 May - semi-final, Arts Complex B.H05 LT, 3 to 5 pm
14 May - final, Arts Complex B.H05 LT, 3 to 5 pm

I loved participating in 3MT! It allowed me to think about my project from a new perspective, clarifying the core questions and finding accessible and engaging ways to communicate ideas. It was also great fun to meet the other competitors and listen to their fascinating presentations, it really shows the breadth of research happening at Bristol.

Rachel Hare (PhD in English), 2023 Bristol 3MT Winner


The information below is from the official 3MT handbook provided by the University of Queensland, However, if you want to ask a question that isn’t covered, please contact the Bristol Doctoral College.

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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