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Three Minute Thesis Competition

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3 Minutes, 1 Slide…..Your Thesis!

An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present; would you be able to explain yours in just 3 minutes with the aid of a single slide? We’re inviting DPhil students to do just that. The 3MT challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes to a non-specialist audience.

The Oxford Competition

The competition will support your capacity to effectively explain your research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Oxford will run a two-stage competition, first at divisional level followed by a University wide final. The winner of the Oxford Competition will be 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 will be available for all those shortlisted for the divisional heats, given by Dr. Jonathan Webb, Science Reporter, BBC News. You can view a video of the winner of the Oxford competition here.

The entry date has now passed. View the finalists for the 2016 competition.


  • 17 April 2016: Application deadline
  • 11 May 2016: 3MT/Presentation training for successful applicants with Dr. Jonathan Webb, Science Reporter, BBC News
  • Week commencing 30 May 2016: Divisional heats
  • 14 June 2016: University final
  • 6 July 2016: national semi-finals (video judging)
  • 12 September 2016: national final at the Vitae Conference, Manchester

Further Information

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