Three Minute Thesis competition

by | Mar 10, 2021 | Events, News, Workshops/training | 0 comments

Once again the University of Manchester will be taking part in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Postgraduate Researchers from across the University are invited to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes using only one static PowerPoint slide.

In the UK, the 3MT national competition final is hosted by Vitae. Individual UK universities run their own competitions and put forward one winner per participating institution for the national finals. The University of Manchester winner will be announced on Wednesday 16th June 2021.

Why Take Part?

3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development to effectively explain research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Hear from some of our previous winners:

Exclusive Training:

Entrants will be offered tips and training for delivery skills to help with your 3MT presentation, including looking at body language, emotional projection and auctioning and techniques for dealing with nerves.

Additionally the finalists will be invited to submit their videos to gain specialist personal feedback and tips for improving their presentation.



Winner – £250

Second prize – £150

Third prize – £100

*Please note prizes will be paid in the form of vouchers.


Open to all active second and final year PhD candidates (including candidates in their submission pending period or whose thesis is under examination) by the date of the 3MT first submission deadline, 14th April 2021. Read the full set of rules and the judging criteria.


How to take part:

To take part in 3MT this year, you need to follow the steps below

  1. Complete the registration form by Friday 26th of March
  2. Sign up for 3MT online training session on 24th March, details will be sent to those who have registered
  3. Create your presentation slide and film your presentation
  4. Submit your final 3MT presentation by 14th April

Full details on how to prepare and submit your presentation will be sent to you following completion of the registration form.



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