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Three Minute Thesis


Applications are now open for the University of Cambridge Three Minute Thesis Competition 2018!
Three Minute Thesis 2018

Three Minute Thesis Competition

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
-Margaret Fuller

A 60,000 word Ph.D. thesis would take around 6 hours to present. Your time limit... is...."3 minutes" !!! 

An age-old issue with researchers is getting non-specialists to understand, appreciate and fund one's research. The 3min Thesis Competition is an attempt to address this and to support researchers to better communicate one's work to the public. It is a celebration of the exciting research done by PhD students and also a forum to get a taste of - in a breadth-first manner - the latest trends in research.

Participate in our '3 Min Thesis Competition' & make your way to the national and global finals! Improve your research visibility, develop your presentation skills, receive feedback and recognition for your pitch, network with other researchers, enrich your CV and have FUN! 

Sign up by 26th March 5 pm:

You will have 3 minutes and 1 slide to engage non-specialists in your research topic.

• You must be a current Masters, Doctoral or Post-Grad student at the University of Cambridge

1) A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
2) Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum

• Heats on the 27th march
• The top students will go through to the Final which takes place in the Easter Term (date to follow)

How do I enter?
• It takes less than 3 minutes to fill in the form below : 


The 3 min Thesis Final Competition will be judged by senior university research staff! The winners and participants will be rewarded with fantastic prizes! More information to follow …! 

Questions? Contact : Vice-President/ Academic Officer


The Graduate Union is the authorised organiser of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the University of Cambridge. Only the winner of the Graduate Union's PhD category 3MT competition may progress to represent the University in the UK's national finals.

For more information about the 3MT format, visit the University of Queensland's website.

If you wish to participate in the 2017-18 competition, please  sign up to compete here.

Hall of fame


Winners' videos in preparation

  • PhD category: Julia Schaeffer, CTH, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Masters' category: Natalie Kauf, TH, Department of Politics and International Studies