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3 Minute Thesis

3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT)

Can you explain your Thesis in 3 minutes using only one slide?

If you are up to the challenge then this is the competition for you!

What is the 3MT?

The Three Minute Thesis is an international competition celebrating the exciting research conducted by PhD students. Developed by the University of Queensland in 2008, the competition requires contestants to condense their research into a three minute, one-slide presentation for a non-specialist audience.

The first University of Edinburgh 3MT® took place in 2013 and since then our students have completed both at UK and international level.

Each candidate will deliver their 3-minute presentation, with only one supporting slide, the judging panel will then assess the communication, comprehension and engagement elements of the presentation. There is also an audience vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Three successful students from the School Heats will be nominated to attend College Heats. Three students will then be selected from the Collage Heats to attend the University Finals, and successful participants will head to the National then International stages.


Prizes will be awarded for:

1st place

Runner up

People’s Choice

School of Social and Political Science Heats

22nd March 2018

There will be lunch and a small drinks reception following the competition.


The 3MT competition is open to currently enrolled PhD and Professional Doctorate students. You should be available for all key dates (TBC), noted below. If you have submitted but not had your viva yet then you are still eligible. A student who has completed their viva is no longer eligible.

Key dates:

14 March 2019         School of Social and Political Sciences Heats

2 May 2019                College of Humanities and Social Sciences Heats

27 June 2019            University of Edinburgh Final

TBC July 2019          UK Semi-Final – at Vitae conference

16 Sept 2019             UK Final – at Vitae conference

TBC Oct 2019           Universitas 21 international Competition

Training available

The Institute for Academic Development run training sessions for those interested in participating in the 3MT.

14th February 2019 - Three Minute Thesis - Competition Preparation 
26th February 2019 - Three Minute Thesis Peer Practice Session


Supporting information:

There is supporting information available here: 3 Minute Thesis

How to enter or do you have any questions:

Email Stacey Johnstone at by:

 Noon, 22 February 2019.

Date / Time Details Where
22 Mar 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm PG Student: 3 Minute Thesis
Practice Suite
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