3 Minute Thesis Competition

3 Minute Thesis Competition

The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges you to present your research to a general audience in just 3 minutes with only one slide.

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.

It is a fantastic opportunity for you to practice your public engagement skills and build confidence.

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 at the VITAE conference.

Any questions? pgrs-training@abdn.ac.uk

What our Students Thought About Taking Part


Winner of the 2022 Competition


I really enjoyed preparing for the 3MT competition, it got me thinking about my research in new ways.

I’d really recommend other students take part, it gave me a huge boost in confidence.


It gave me the opportunity to craft an accessible summary of my PhD which has been useful in other professional situations. 

The 3MT Competition helped grow my confidence and allowed me to better understand how to communicate my research to a broad audience.


3MT was great for improving my confidence with public speaking – it definitely took me out of my comfort zone.

It was a really useful exercise to have to distil my research down to 3 minutes, in a way that was understandable for everyone.

If you are looking for a good challenge and a way to improve the communication of your research to a wider audience outside of your specialism, I would certainly recommend it.

Previous Winners


Overall winner and People's Choice: Nicola Rouse (School of Engineering)


Overall Winner: Rhona Christie (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition)

People's Choice: Rhona Christie (School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition)


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

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