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The 3MT® Final at Ulster takes place on Wednesday 6 June at 5.30pm in Magee campus: RSVP

The Doctoral College is delighted that Ulster University will be running the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition for the first time. 3MT® is an academic competition that challenges PhD Researchers to describe their research and its significance, in non-specialist language to a general audience, in just three minutes.

The prize for the overall winner is £750 with prizes for the runner up and all finalists, as well as a People’s Choice Award.

The 3MT Final will take place on Wednesday 6 June 2018, 5.30pm hosted at the Magee campus.

The overall winner of the Ulster competition will then go through to the semi-final of the 2018 Vitae 3MT national competition (online), with the chance to be selected for the UK Final!

The key competition dates
Stage Date and timeLocation

Ulster 3MT® Final - hosted on the Magee campus (filmed)

6 June 2018, 5.30pm

Magee campus

Semi Final of National 3MT Competition (video to be submitted, held online)

July/August 2018


Final of Vitae 2018 National Competition

17 September 2018

Vitae Conference, Birmingham


  • Winner of Ulster 3MT: £750
  • Runner Up: £250
  • Finalists: £50 Amazon Voucher
  • The People’s Choice Award: Trophy

Competition Rules

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted. No slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed. The slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

    Judging criteria

Comprehension and content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the thesis topic, key results and research significance and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation - or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement and communication

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or generalise their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience's attention?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation - was it clear, legible, and concise?

For further information and queries about the 3MT competition please contact: Lisa Thompson, Doctoral Development Manager, / 02890 368963.