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Three Minute Thesis (3MT) comes to Sussex

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present
Your time limit…3 minutes

Developed by The University of Queensland, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that challenges doctoral researchers to describe your research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research students and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community.

We are running our first Three Minute Thesis Competition, which will provide a series of exciting and stimulating events, and help to raise the profile of our thriving doctoral researcher community.

Participate in the competition to develop your academic, presentation and research communication skills, and ability to explain your research to a non-specialist audience. You will meet other doctoral researchers from across the University, be part of an initiative showcasing the depth and breadth of doctoral research at Sussex, and have the chance to win a prize (1st prize is £1,000 towards an international conference, amongst others.)

Who can enter?

Active doctoral researchers in their second year onwards who are registered with the University of Sussex, but have not yet had their final viva at the time of the competition.

Though first years cannot enter the competition, you are very much encouraged to attend the events to find out more about the doctoral research being undertaken at Sussex, and to help you prepare to take part next year. We will be inviting all interested students and staff to attend.

Timeline and important dates

The competition is broken down into stages: Cluster level heats in April 2016 (Arts/humanities; Social Sciences; Sciences), and a University level competition in June 2016. 

The top three researcher presentations from the Cluster level heats will be invited to participate in the University level competition.

To find out more…

And to enter the competition, see our Three Minute Thesis webpage and complete the online form. Email with any queries.

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