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An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit… 3 minutes!

Doctoral candidates will be presenting their research in just three minutes, in language appropriate to non-specialists, and with only one single presentation slide to support them. Can it be done? You’ll have to come along and find out!

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 or check the details below to find out how to participate in the Faculty heats of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition.  Winners from Faculty heats will take part in the UCL final on Wednesday 12 June 2019. Winners will receive a cash prize and be entered into the national semi-finals. 

If competing isn’t your thing, come along and show your support for your peers!

Faculty heats are taking place from February to May 2019 and can be seen below:

Medical Science 14 February 2019 
  • Winner announcements coming soon!
SLASH

25 April 2019 

  • IAS Common Ground
  • 1pm - 3pm
Brain Sciences 3 April 2019
  • Winner announcements coming soon!
Population Health Sciences 9 May 2019
  • Held at the FPHS Postgraduate Research Symposium
Engineering Sciences 19 March 2019
  • Winner announcements coming soon!
Institute of Education 10 April 2019
  • Winner announcements coming soon!

Bartlett 

21st May 2019
  • Room LG01, Central House
  • 2pm - 5pm
  • Contact your DGT or PhD Administrator to take part
Mathematical & Physical Sciences TBC
  • Details coming soon
Life Sciences TBC
  • TBC

 

Come along to a 3MT Presentation Skills Workshop

Powerful, precise communication, especially when presenting, is an essential skill to all researchers. You will win or lose your audience within the first three minutes of your presentation.  But what if three minutes is all you’ve got?

This interactive and hands-on workshop will give you the tools and confidence to design and deliver a compelling presentation for every occasion. It will enable you to identify your strong points and build on them, while at the same time improving the less developed areas.

You will be equipped with practical techniques on how to prepare, plan and deliver lively and engaging presentations.

There are three workshops planned:

  • Friday 29 March, 10:00-17:00 
  • Friday 5 April, 10:00-17:00
  • Monday 29 April, 10:00-17:00

If you are interested in attending the 3MT Presentation Skills Workshop, you can sign up here.

UCL 3MT final 2018/19

The Final is taking place on Wednesday 12 June at 18:00 in the Christopher Ingold Building XLG2 Auditorium. Entry is free with a drinks reception to follow. Whether you’re a student, staff, visitor, friend, or family member, join us to celebrate the discoveries made by UCL research students. As well as the judge’s winner, we will be running a People’s Choice Award. On the evening, you get to take part in the People’s Choice Ballot to have your say on who progresses to the national competition! Sign up details coming soon!

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.