Three Minute Thesis

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present

Their time limit…3 minutes

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a National competition for postgraduate research students, run by research organisation Vitae. 3MT® challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. The first 3MT® was held at The University of Queensland in Australia in 2008, and has been nationwide in the UK by Vitae since 2014. More information about the history of 3MT® can be found on the Vitae and 3MT® websites.

3MT® at the University of Exeter 2017

This year, Researcher Development held an internal 3MT® competition on 30th May 2017, with 11 candidates competing to represent the University of Exeter in the National semi-final. A panel of esteemed judges assessed the 7 presentations according to the 3MT® judging criteria, with staff and students from across the University in attendance to hear about the cutting edge research of our postgraduate research students…in 3 minutes!

Three minute thesis

Prize winners

Our prize winners from the University wide final, were as follows:

  • 1st Place – Tim Gordon Marine Biology (CLES) – Helping Nemo Find Home
  • 2nd Place – Holly East Geography (CLES) - Maldivian Coral Reef Islands: A Drowning Nation?
  • 3rd Place - Elisabeth Matthews Astrophysics (CEMPS) Through the Looking Glass

Tim Gordon went on to represent the University of Exeter in the National Semi-Finals in July.

2016 Winners

  • 1st Place- Simon Dickinson Geography (CLES)- How is Welfare Constituted Post-disaster? Exploring Emergent Spaces of Public Action After the Christchurch (New Zealand) 2010-11 Earthquakes
  • 2nd Place- Lauric Ferrat Mathematics (EMPS)- Emulation of Mathematical Models to Study Epilepsy
  • 3rd Place- Elisabeth Matthews- Astrophysics (EMPS)- Using Telescopes and Rainbows to Take Photographs of Planets