City Graduate School
  1. City Graduate School
  2. Researcher development
  3. Spring Graduate School 2014/15
  4. 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition
  1. Researcher development
  2. Spring Graduate School 2014/15
  3. 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition
City Graduate School

3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition

Calling all doctoral students nearing completion

3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, 26 March 2015, Room C314, 12.30 to 4.30 pm

We are pleased to announce that the City Graduate School is running the "3 minute thesis" competition again in 2014/15.

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, and has been adopted by institutions world-wide, including the Universities of York, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton in the United Kingdom.

The ability to present your research in a clear and coherent manner to an audience who know little, or nothing, about your area of study is an important skill that all doctoral students need to develop. 3MT® encourages you to develop your research communication skills and your capacity to explain your research using non-technical language to a non-specialist audience. The competition further aims to showcase the research work that our doctoral students across the University have undertaken.

Who is eligible?

All candidates pursuing a doctorate, including those pursuing a professional doctorate, or a Master of Philosophy, who are nearing submission, usually within 12 months of submitting their thesis. Staff candidates are also eligible to apply.


  • A single PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (eg costumes, instruments [musical, laboratory etc]) are permitted.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs) and will commence when the presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum.
  • Competitors whose presentations exceed three minutes may be disqualified


Prizes of up to £1000 will be awarded to students for the best presentations to help towards the cost of conference attendance. The name of the winner will also be put forward to the 3 Minute Thesis National competition, details to be announced later. Prizes have been kindly donated by the City Future Fund.

The (3MT®) competition is one of several activities scheduled to take place during the 2015 Spring Graduate School, between 23 and 27 March 2015, including the Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium and the Entrepreneurial Doctoral Bootcamp.