June 26, 2023, by Lisa Chin

Call for participation: UNM 2023 3MT®

Present your research at our 3MT®

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. It challenges doctoral researchers to explain the complexity and relevance of your research to a non-specialist audience in a concise and engaging way. 

This competition is open to all our PhD students who have passed your first year confirmation review. You have a maximum of three minutes to pitch your research and can only use one slideThis is your chance to develop your very own pitch explaining how your research could change the world. 

Awards and prizes

    • Winner: RM1,000

    • 1st Runner Up: RM750

    • 2nd Runner Up: RM500

Why take part?

Enhance your skills and expand your opportunities

Taking part in our 3MT® is a great way to improve your public speaking skills and access networking opportunities. It also helps you answer one of the first questions you will face in your viva, job interviews and meetings with future funders and collaborators. In brief, you will get to:

    • improve your public speaking and presentation skills

    • build your confidence

    • showcase your research to a wider audience

    • raise your profile and get your research noticed

    • establish rapport with other researchers

Be our 10th anniversary winner

At UNM, we have a good track record of success. Since its inaugural competition in 2013, the UNM 3MT® has seen five of its winners bagged the top spot, edging out other Nottingham campus winners, at the tri-campus round and went on to represent the entire Nottingham network at the U21 3MT® Competition.

Taking up the ultimate challenge of research communication

In this blog post, Chen Hui Ling, our 2022 winner who went on and won the tri-campus round and represented the entire Nottingham network at the U21 3MT® 2022 competition, writes about her experience taking part in the competition. Hui Ling shares about challenging herself to explain her research in just under 3 minutes and most importantly, make people understand it. She also shares some advice and tips for those of you who are interested to take part in the competition.

Read more

Behind the scenes

In this blog post, Lillian JA Olule, our 2016 winner who notably won the ‘Highly Commended’ award at the U21 3MT® 2016 competition, draws on her own experience of the competition and writes about how she came up with an “Engage, excite, inform” mantra in structuring her pitch.

Read more

How to take part?

1. Attend the briefing session

    • Wednesday 12 July 2023, 10am – 11am, H1B13 HB05*
      *change of venue

    • You must attend this pre-participation briefing.

2. Confirm your participation

3. Attend feedback sessions

    • You must attend at least two feedback sessions to better prepare yourself for the competition. The purpose of these sessions is to provide advice and guidance on how to better structure your pitch and communicate your research to a non-specialist audience.

    • All sessions will be conducted face-to-face in H1B13.

4. Attend the rehearsal

    • Tuesday 22 August 2023, 2pm – 3.30pm, F1A11

    • You must attend the rehearsal to familiarise yourself with the actual surroundings and the approaches to this year’s competition.

5. Present your research

    • Wednesday 23 August 2023, 10am, F1A11

    • Present your research live in front of an audience and a panel of judges.

Want to know what a winning presentation looks like?

Visit our 3MT® webpage to view our past winners’ video presentations.

See more

Don’t forget to submit your entry by 28 July 2023

Terms and conditions
  • You must be an active doctoral candidate and have successfully passed your first year confirmation review.
  • The Graduate School will provide training and support to guide you through the process and help you prepare for your presentation.
  • A panel of judges in its sole discretion will select the winner. The winner will go on to represent UNM at the tri-campus round. 
  • A recorded video will be used as an entry for the tri-campus round, the overall winner of which will be entered into the U21 3MT® Competition.
  • By taking part in the competition, you agree that the University of Nottingham may use, alter or adapt your video in whole/in part for educational and/or publicity purposes and that it may be used on the University website or external websites endorsed or supported by the University. You further consent to the use of your images/video recordings and footage in official publications and university publicity material, including but not limited to, the University’s prospectuses, global review, newsletters, course leaflets, advertisements, website (including external locations, which include, but are not restricted to, resources such as YouTube and iTunes) and on-line photographic image bank as well as any other external publications or websites endorsed or supported by the University.  
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