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3 Minute Thesis

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Three Minute Thesis ®(3MT) challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes using just one static PowerPoint slide.

In the UK, the 3MT national competition final is hosted by Vitae. Individual UK universities run their own competitions, to put forward one winner per participating Institution.

The University of Manchester will be taking part in the national Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in 2021. Submissions will be via video. Registrations are open until 26 March. Find out more and register your interest in participating here. The University winner will be announced 16 June 2021 and put forward to the national final.

Eligibility, guidance and registrations: The competition is 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 (14 April 2021). Find out more here.

Why Take Part?
3MT develops your academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of your capacity to effectively explain your research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Still not convinced? Let some of last our previous contestants convince you:
- It's only three minutes - Melissa Keogh
- Why I took part in 3MT - Victoria Cronin
- The Three Minute Thesis Challenge - Kirsty McIntyre

Watch our 2017 3MT winner:

See all of our 2017 3MT finalists

Watch our 2016 3MT winner:

See all of our 2016 3MT finalists