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Three Minute Thesis

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

3MT is back at Sussex for 2022! The final will take place on campus on Thursday 9th June as part of the Festival of Doctoral Research.
Applications for the 2022 competition have now closed. If you applied we will be in touch with further details shortly.
Participants must present in person, not virtually, and must attend the training and peer practice sessions as well as the final itself. 


About 3MT

3MT is an academic competition that challenges doctoral researchers to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. It started at the University of Queensland and competitions take place at institutions around the world each year.

Participants in the Sussex competition are in with a chance to win £500 towards research and a place in the Vitae UK semi-finals. There are also prizes of £250 for the runner up and people's choice awards. Entrants are supported with a full day’s training and a peer practice session to help hone those presenting skills.

On the Doctoral Connections blog you'll find a review of the 2020 virtual 3MT competition and an interview with 2019 winner Noora Nevala, who discusses her 3MT journey, the skills she developed, and her top tips for this year's participants. 

See the Vitae website for more on the UK national competition.

3MT 2020 Results

  • Winner: Melina Galdos Frisancho (University of Sussex Business School) - Making sense of Inclusive Innovation: Institutional Drivers for Knowledge Production and Organisational Learning in Peru
  • 2nd Place: Sushri Sangita Puhan (School of Education and Social Work) - Why and how people think, talk and practice adoption in India
  • People's Choice Award: Judy Aslett (School of Media, Film and Music) - Making a TV documentary to support the #ENDFGM campaign in The Gambia
Take a look at the previous events to familiarise yourself with the competition, including details of the winners, abstracts from all the finalists, and photos from the day.
And if you're looking for inspiration, in the video below our final winners from 2016 talk about their experiences of participating in the competition, and share their top tips for doctoral researchers interested in taking on the challenge.


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