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 17 April 2023.
- The 3MT® Semi-Finals will take place between 25/26 April 2023 on campus (tbc)
- The 3MT® Final will take place on Thursday 11 May 2023 in Belfast campus as part of the Festival of PhD Research.
Register for 2023
Deadline for registration is 22 March 2023.
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 2023 competition will be held using a hybrid approach with Initial Heats being submitted by video and Semi-Finals and the Final 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 on campus on 25/26 April (exact details tbc)
Eight competitors will then be selected to compete in the Ulster University 3MT Final on 11 May 2023 as part of the Festival of PhD Research.
The overall winner of the Ulster competition will then go through to the quarter-final stage of the 2023 Vitae 3MT national competition -a video recording is submitted online to be judged by a panel.
Why do the 3MT
The key competition dates are:
|Registration Form Deadline||22 March 2023||Online|
Initial Heat for all PhD Researchers - to submit video online
17 April 2023
Judging Panel to select Finalists
|25/26 April 2023||Online|
Ulster 3MT® Final
To take place as part of Festival of PhD Research
11 May 2023, evening
Semi Final of National 3MT Competition (video to be submitted)
UK Finalists announced in mid-August
Final of Vitae 2023 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
All Ulster 3MT Finalist videos are on the Doctoral College YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@doctoralcollegeulsterunive6077