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Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present; would you be able to explain yours in just 3 Minutes? The 3MT competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes.

The exercise aims to cultivate your academic, presentation, and research communication skills, and to support your capacity to effectively explain your research concisely - in three minutes - to a non-specialist audience. 

The winner of the Oxford competition goes forwards to the semi-finals of the national competition. 

The Oxford Competition

Oxford runs a two-stage competition, first at divisional level and then with a University-wide final. The winner of the Oxford Competition is entered into the national semi-finals, and if they are successful they will go on to the national final in Manchester, with their expenses paid to attend. You can read more about the national finals here. Specialist training is available for all those shortlisted for the divisional heats.

The 2016 Oxford competition final took place on 14th June. Professor David Pyle gave the key note speech, talking about the importance of engaging the public with research, before the 8 finalists presented their talks. David is a volcanologist with a passion for public engagement; among other things he is the academic lead for Oxford Sparks and is involved with London Volcano and Volcanoes Top Trumps.

The Oxford winner for 2016 was Tomek Dobrzycki from the Weatherall Department of Molecular Medicine (Medical Sciences Division) with his presentation about stem cell development. You can see his talk, and the other 2016 Oxford finalists, here

Details of the 2017 competition will be published here as soon as they are available.