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What is Three Minute Thesis?

Three Minute Thesis ®(3MT) challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes, in language appropriate to non-specialists. Three Minute Thesis was first established at the University of Queensland in 2008 and has rapidly spread all over the world. Dozens of institutions in the UK already run university-wide competitions, and there is now an established national final in September each year. 

How can I get involved this year? 

Contact your Faculty to find out when they will be holding their 3 Minute Thesis Competition. Faculty heats are taking place from January to April 2018. Winners from Faculty heats will take part in the UCL final in June 2018. Winners will receive a cash prize and be entered into the national semi-finals. 

UCL 3MT final 2017/18

The Final is taking place on Monday 25 June at 18:00 in the School of Pharmacy 104 John Hanbury LT. Entry is free with a drinks reception to follow.

If you would like to come along to watch this years 3MT competition and also have a chance at voting in the People’s Choice Award, you’ll be able to sign up soon. 

Want to enjoy even more of you peers’ research?

This year, we will be hosting our very first Research Student Conference. It will be taking place during the day, ahead of the 3MT final. Find out more about the Research Student Conference here. 


Previous Winners

2016/17 

The Postgraduate Association and the UCL Doctoral School jointly hosted UCL’s Final on 26 June 2017. 13 students competed. The winner of the event was Alexandra Bridarolli with Carlos Ledezma taking home the People’s Choice award.

View her video here

2015/16 

The Union’s Postgraduate Association and the UCL Doctoral School jointly hosted UCL’s Final on 26 June 2016. 16 students competed. The winner of the event was Jonathan Lambert, with Fatumina Abukar taking home the People’s Choice award.

Jonathan was entered into the national UK Three Minute Thesis semi-final, and progressed to the national final.

View his video here

2014/15

The PGA and the UCL Doctoral School jointly hosted UCL’s Final on 30 June 2015. 11 students competed. The winner of the event was Jonathan Hannabuss, with Sabina Andron coming second.

Jonathon was entered into the national UK Three Minute Thesis semi-final, and progressed to the national final.