Three Minute Thesis competition

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

3MT 2023

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 will be in-person competitions, with a live audience and judging panel, held in June.


Book your ticket for the semi-final on Tuesday 6 June 3 to 5:30 pm, Arts Complex B.H05 LT

The final

Book your ticket for the final on Wednesday 14 June 3 to 5 pm, Priory Road Complex main LT

Taking part in the 3MT competition was one of the most useful things I’ve done as part of my PhD. 3MT helps you distil your research into a quick and easy-to-understand format which you will find yourself using time and time again in your work. If you’ve ever dreamt of doing a TED Talk, this is your perfect starting point!

Sophie Johnson (PhD in History of Art), 2022 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.

Previous 3MT finals

Watch Bristol 3MT finals from previous years on YouTube.

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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