3 Minute Thesis Competition

3 Minute Thesis Competition

TThe 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges you to describe your research to a general audience in just 3 minutes (and one slide). It is a fantastic opportunity for you to practice your public engagement skills and build confidence. 3MT was developed by the University of Queensland, and the first competition was held in 2008. Since then, 3MT has grown in popularity, with over 350 universities across more than 18 countries worldwide participating.

It sounds deceptively simple, but it takes great skill to simplify and condense a project which has been years in the making into a short presentation. We provide training sessions to help you refine your presentation skills and prepare for the competition.

The winner of our 3MT competition will be entered into the UK 3MT final. The UK final takes place in September 2022 at the VITAE conference. 

To register for the competition, email your full name and discipline to pgrs-training@abdn.ac.uk.

Feel free to encourage your peers to participate too – the more the merrier!

All registered participants will be invited to an information and training session ahead of the semi-final. There will be an additional training session for those who go through to the final.

The semi-final will take place at the PGR School and will be judged by a panel.

The final will take place as part of the university wide “Festival of New Ideas” (27-28 May), which is open to general public. There will be two winning categories: the judges’ and people’s choice. The judges’ winner will go to compete at the national level.

Key dates:

Information and training session – 27 April

Semi-final – 4 May

Training session – 11 May

Final – 27 May

Please make sure you are available for both the 4th and 27th of May. Any questions? pgrs-training@abdn.ac.uk

Look forward to seeing you at the University of Aberdeen 3MT Competition 2022!


Congratulations to our 2020 winners!                                             

Overall winner:  Kirsty Haslam (School of Divinity, History & Philosophy)

People’s choice: Topher Endress (School of Divinity, History & Philosophy)