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 20th December 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

  • 20 November – 20 December 2017 – Applications of interest
  • 26 January 2018 – Slide and title deadline
  • 7 February 2018 – Competition date

How to enter?

Register your interest for the 3MT event by 20 December 2017

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.

Rules, eligibility, and judging criteria

Three-Minute Thesis

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.


The Hughes Hall Three-Minute Thesis flyer is available here.

“The 3MT is a great opportunity to concisely present one’s on-going research in an accessible and compelling format.”
– Jack, MPhil Architecture and Urban Design, previous Hughes Hall 3MT competitor

“Participating in the three minute thesis competition gave me the opportunity to think about how I could present my research in a quick and accessible manner. It also gave the opportunity to meet with many of the other researchers at Hughes Hall”
– Harry, CGCM Grad medicine, previous Hughes Hall 3MT competitor