Three-minute thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition established by the University of Queensland in 2008 that has since spread to more than 600 universities across the world.

Could you explain your thesis in 180 seconds?

Official logo for the Three-Minute Thesis competition

Doctoral students are challenged to condense their research into a talk of three minutes or less that is engaging, inspiring and entertaining for a non-specialist audience.

One static PowerPoint slide, no other resources or props, and a three-minute countdown timer.

This is a great opportunity to develop your confidence at presenting your research to a general audience, enhancing your presentation and communication skills and now with the added bonus of developing your digital presentation skills.

Visit the 3MT website to learn more about the competition history and rules, gain valuable preparation tips, and check out videos.

3MT 2022 Competition is now open!

We are excited to confirm the University of Surrey will once again be participating in the national Vitae 3MT® competition 2022.

Along with the opportunity to win prizes, the competition provides Postgraduate Researchers with an opportunity to develop presentation and communication skills, raise the profile of their research and act as a career-booster. (Vitae, 2020)

Key Dates for 2022

3MT Training Workshop

To support the development of communication and presentation skills, knowledge of the competition and to help build confidence PGRs are invited to participate in one of the following 3MT skills workshops:

· Fri 6 May 10:00-12:00

· Weds 11 May 14:00-16:00

· Tues 17 May 10:00-12:00 For full workshop details and to register please log into Surrey Self Service.

Deadline for recorded 3MT submissions: Tues 31 May, 10am UK time To submit your recording please complete the 3MT submission form where you will be asked to upload your video file.

Surrey Finalists Announced: 9 June

Winners Announced: 23 June

The Surrey 3MT Judges’ Choice Winner and the People’s Choice Winner will be announced at the 2022 Doctoral College Conference – Exploring New Possibilities.

The Judges’ Choice Winner will be entered into the national semi-final competition, coordinated by Vitae. Shortlisted national finalists will have the opportunity to present at the 2022 Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in mid-September.



Six Surrey Finalists will each win £50 worth of Amazon vouchers and the overall Judges’ winner will win £100 voucher, with the Judges’ Runner up and the People’s Choice Winner each receiving £50 worth of vouchers.

For further information and to help prepare for the 2022 competition see the links below:

Watch recordings of the 2020 and 2021 Surrey 3MT Competition finalists.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition website