Three Minute Thesis competition – Registration OPEN

Three Minute Thesis ®(3MT) competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

In the UK, the 3MT national competition final is hosted by Vitae. Individual UK universities run their own competitions, to put forward one winner per participating Institution. The University of Manchester is one of 40 Institutions participating in 2015.


Open to all active second and final year PhD candidates (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) by the date of their first 3MT presentation in the heats.

Judging Criteria
At every level of the competition each competitor will be assessed on:
– Comprehension and Content
– Engagement and Communication

Prizes for Manchester competition

– First prize £500

– Runner Up / Audience Vote: £100

Key Dates

University of Manchester Heats: 11 & 12 March 2015

University of Manchester Final: 23 March 2015

Vitae UK Semi Final: 6 July 2015

Vitae UK Final: 8 September 2015


Now open via:

You will also find links to useful resources and exclusive 3MT presentation training opportunities.


Please note: we have a limited number of places available per faculty and these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once submitted your application will be acknowledged within 3 working days.

Any queries or questions please contact


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