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Three Minute Thesis Competition

Northumbria University


Northumbria University is hosting a Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition on the 23 May 2018.

The winners will go through to the regional competition, also held at Northumbria University, on the 12 June 2018. 

The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.   

What is it?

It is an exercise in developing academic and research communication skills.

Doctoral students have three minutes, using one slide, to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

Who is eligible to enter?

Postgraduate Research students who are in their second or third year (or part time equivalents)

Why Enter?

  • The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition supports the development of research students’ capacity to communicate ideas effectively to a range of non-specialist audiences and to the wider community.
  • Competitors commonly report the experience helped them ‘crystallize’ thoughts about their thesis and how they communicate their research.
  • Internal and external promotion of the value of doctorate research.
  • Can be mapped onto research degree skills development.
  • It’s a lot of fun and generates interest in what researchers do.

What else is happening around 3MT?

26th April 2018
Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition Information Session for Northumbria students at which we explain the competition and look at past entries. Book Here 

8th May 2018
Drop-in session for Northumbria students who have attended the information session, want to practise and get some informal feedback. Book Here

23rd May 2018
Northumbria University 3MT® competition (Book Here)

The Winner of this competition will have the opportunity to enter the national Vitae 2018 competition; see the NU Winner 2017 and other Vitae semi-finalists click here

If you’d like to come along to watch and support your fellow students, come along to City Campus East 1 – room 401 on 23 May 2018. Please arrive promptly for the 2.00pm start as we cannot interrupt the session once it begins

12th June 2018
Regional Competition with our partners in the North East Collaboration Group for Researcher Development - Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside and Sheffield Universities  

Please note, this event does not feed into the national Vitae competition.

Date TBC
The national Vitae 2018 competition into which each participating university enters their winner. 






Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus Eats, Business & Law Building
Room 401
Newcastle upon Tyne


0191 227 4765

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