Three-Minute Thesis

Go! 3…..2…..1….

The Hughes Hall 3MT competition is a unique opportunity for research students of all stages to explain the significance of their research to a broad audience, all in only 3 minutes.

… do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few. – Pythagoras of Samos, 582 BC – c. 496 BC

  • Improve your presentation and communication skills
  • Gain experience talking to broad audiences
  • Build confidence in expressing your ideas in a compelling way
  • Showcase your work amongst peers, the Hughes Hall community, friends and family

If you are looking to improve your presentation and communication skills, register your interest by 14th January 2019 and you could win £100!

Prizes and Dates


If the wealth of experience you’ll gain and the opportunity to raise the visibility of your research isn’t enough, there’s also prizes!

  • £100 prize will be awarded to the top presentation
  • £50 runner-up as judged by a panel of senior members
  • £100 people’s choice award, selected by the audience

Key dates

  • 26 November 2018 – 14 January 2019 – Applications of interest
  • 1 February 2019 – Slide and title deadline
  • 18 February 2019 – Optional practice talk
  • 28 February 2019 – Competition date

How to enter?

Register your interest for the 3MT event by 14 January 2019

Need help?

We would like this competition to be accessible and enjoyable for all students. If you would like help, support or advice on your presentation or communication skills, email us.

Three-Minute Thesis

Rules, eligibility, and judging criteria

3MT at Hughes Hall

Unlike other universities, the Hughes Hall Three Minute Thesis is open to students of all stages, undergraduate, masters and PhD.
The inaugural 3MT at Hughes Hall was held in 2016 and has helped over two dozen students take the opportunity to challenge themselves to showcase their research while developing their communication skills to the Hughes Hall community.


First developed by the University of Queensland, the Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition that offers research students an opportunity to convey the relevance and importance of their research to a non-specialised audience in three minutes or under. 3MT highlights the importance of communication skills as researchers develop the capacity to effectively engage a non-specialist audience.

The first 3MT was held at the University of Queensland in 2008 with 160 research students competing. As the enthusiasm for this competition grew, the 3MT was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand Universities and from its humble beginnings it is now a global competition with over 200 universities across the world running 3MT competitions, including universities in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Vietnam and many more.

3MT experience from previous competitors

“It is so important to be able to communicate your research in a concise and understandable way. That is why I highly recommend the 3MT competition.”

– James, 2nd year PhD student

“The 3MT is great in getting you to cut out the waffle and stick to the most important bits of your research. It helped me make my work accessible to an audience that was unfamiliar with my research area, something that’s really useful for a career in science.”

– Luca, 2nd year PhD student