3 Minute Thesis (3MT®)
An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present: their time limit is 3 minutes! 3MT® was first developed by the University of Queensland, and is now a global initiative with around 80 UK universities taking part in the Vitae 3MT® national competition each year.
Participation in the competition helps PhD researchers to build their confidence and hone their presentation and communication skills. It is also a great way for others to find out about the exciting and varied research going on across the University at doctoral level.
- The 3MT® Initial Heats will be via video submission. Deadline 25 April 2022.
- The 3MT® Semi-Finals will take place during the Festival of PhD Research 11-13 May 2022.
- The 3MT® Final will take place on Thursday 2 June at 7.00pm, Hilton Belfast.
2021 - Holly Neill
2020 - Emma Nolan
2019 - Oluwashina Akinsanmi
Oluwashina Akinsanmi won the Ulster 3MT competition and went on to win the national 3MT® UK People's Choice Award in September 2019 with an outstanding and expertly timed presentation.
2018 - Temilola Olanrewaju
In 2018 the 3MT Winner at Ulster, Temilola Olanrewaju, made it through to the last 12 semi-finalists out of 77 UK universities.
About the Competition
The 2022 competition will be held using a hybrid approach with Initial Heats being submitted by video and Semi-Finals and the Fina being held in person.
Participants will submit a video recording of their presentation and a panel of five judges will review each entry, along with their slide and 100 word summary.
The Semi-Finalists will be selected to present their 3MT at the Festival of PhD Research 11-13 May 2022.
Eight competitors will then be selected to compete in the Ulster University 3MT Final on 2 June 2022.
The overall winner of the Ulster competition will then go through to the semi-final stage of the 2022 Vitae 3MT national competition -a video recording is submitted online to be judged by a panel.
Why do the 3MT
You can register online HERE - deadline is 21 March 2022.
The key competition dates are:
|Registration Form Deadline||21 March 2022||Online|
Initial Heat for all PhD Researchers - to submit video online
Judging Panel to review videos and select Semi-Finalists
25 April 2022
Semi-Finals as part of Festival of PhD Research|
Judging Panel to select Finalists
|11-13 May 2022||Online|
Ulster 3MT® Final
To take place as part of the PhD Awards Dinner, Hilton Hotel Belfast
2 June 2022, 7pm
Semi Final of National 3MT Competition (video to be submitted)
UK Finalists announced in mid-August
Final of Vitae 2022 3MT National Competition
Winner of Ulster 3MT
£300 and trophy
£100 and trophy
£50 Amazon Voucher
The People’s Choice Award
£100 and Trophy
How we will help you
The Doctoral College will offer support to 3MT® entrants.
This includes the workshop on Communicating Your Research to a Non-Research Audience (offered as part of your Researcher Development Programme). This will help you get started with planning and developing your 3MT® presentation.
The Doctoral College provides you with access to online training for the 3MT®.
Further support will be available for the Finalists and the winner who will progressing to entry in the Vitae national 3MT® competition.
Please also visit the 3MT® Competitor Guide
Further details and useful resources
Ulster University 3MT Final 2019: presentations by some Finalists are available on YouTube: