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Three Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ).

You have three minutes (and a single slide) in which to present a compelling oration on your thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivialising or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges you to consolidate your ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

 "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough" - Albert Einstein

Three Minute Thesis: 2022 Competition

This year's 3MT will be part of our Summer Showcase and will take place on Wednesday 22nd June 2022; it is open to all Loughborough University and Loughborough University London Doctoral Researchers.  The final itself will take place at the event and be broadcast live, online, via Microsoft Teams. 

To enter the competition, you should complete this form by 1pm Wednesday 15th June 2022.  You can watch a recording of the online session “Preparing a Three Minute Thesis Presentation” (login to VPN required if off-campus) for some hints and tips on how to make the best 3MT presentation.

There will be prizes for first place, runner up and "People's Choice"; the winner will be entered into the National Three Minute Thesis competition organised by Vitae.

Entries 2022


You can submit an entry on the 3MT entry form.  You can also request to join a drop-in session to discuss your entry ahead of the Showcase.

Hints and tips:

  • Don't fill your slide up with too much information, stick to a few key points at most; try to use pictures that complement your spoken presentation.
  • Keep a separate timer running so that you can keep track of how on-time you are and adjust your delivery accordingly; the best 3MT entries use the whole of the three minutes!
  • You can practice as many times as you like, but remember that energy and enthusiasm can be more important than getting it "technically" correct!
  • Have a look at some of the best presentations from the past 8 years on the Vitae 3MT archive.

Rules of the Competition

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description, the slide will be presented from the beginning of the oration).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations must be delivered without reference to notes or cue cards.
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage (or, for online entries, from on camera).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.