Three-minute thesis

Surrey 2019 3MT Finals

Six students will compete in the Surrey 3MT finals on 20 May - come along and show your support!

Could you explain your thesis in 180 seconds?

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. 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.

Official logo for the Three-Minute Thesis competition

Surrey's finalists for the 2019 Three Minute Thesis competition have been chosen, and this year's 3MT 2019 final will take place on 20th May!

Come along to support the six postgraduate researchers from across the university as each delivers an accessible talk on their own research in just three minutes, and help choose the people's choice winner. Register here for your free ticket.


  • Busayo Olaleye (Department of Chemical and Process Engineering)
  • Clayton Bevas  (Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences)
  • Ayan Ahmed (School of Psychology)
  • Gavrielle Untracht (School of Biosciences and Medicine)
  • Natasha Kinloch (Department of Sociology)
  • Erin Ling (School of Hospitality and Tourism)

The winner from the University of Surrey competition will be entered into the national semi-final competition, which is coordinated in the UK by Vitae. National finalists will have the opportunity to present at the 2019 Vitae Researcher Development International Conference in September.

3MT is a great opportunity to challenge yourself and develop your research communication skills! Visit the 3MT website to learn more about the competition history and rules, gain valuable preparation tips, and check out videos of last year’s national finalists.

"The Surrey 3MT competition was a game changer for me. It can be definitely nerve-wrecking as you are engaged in public speaking under time pressure, but being forced to condense my PhD thesis down into the most essential three minutes has been absolutely invaluable. Without a doubt, the 3MT allows you to hit the right level of complexity in explaining your research to a diverse audience, and this completely redefined my approach to research."

Hashini Thirimanne - Research Fellow, ATI and 2017 Surrey 3MT Winner

Previous Winners

Surrey 3MT Winner 2018: Monique Botha

Surrey 3MT Winner 2017: Hashini Thirimanne

Surrey 3MT Winner 2016: Simon Steenson

Surrey 3MT Winner 2016: Richard Churches 

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