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Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Southampton Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is one of many such competitions held world-wide and 2020 will be our seventh year of Three Minute Thesis at Southampton. The competition runs annually as part of our Festival of Doctoral Research.

Faculty Heats 2020

Faculty of Arts and Humanities: Thursday 19 March, 15:00, Confucius Boardroom - Building 65, Room 2123

Faculty of Social Sciences: Wednesday 25 March - details TBC

Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering: TBC

Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences: TBC

Faculty of Medicine: TBC


For guidance on how to prepare as a competitor (drafting your presentation, preparing your slide, practising your presentation) have a look here (3MT international website). 

3MT® was first developed by the University of Queensland, and is now a global initiative including many UK universities.  Participation in the competition helps our doctoral researchers to build their confidence and hone their presentation and communication skills.  Its also a great way to find out about the exciting and varied research going on across the University at doctoral level.

Previous Southampton winners have gone on to national 3MT success. In 2016 Nazira Albargothy (Medicine) went on to win the UK competition in September 2016; in 2017 Lauren Jevons (also Medicine) got through to the final twelve in the UK semi-final; and in 2018 Rachel Owen (Environmental and Life Sciences) went through to be one of the six UK finalists. 

3MT Grand Final 2019

The 3MT Grand Final was held on Wednesday 15 May during the Festival of Doctoral Research. Six finalists, one from each Faculty (two from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences) took to the stage in front of a packed lecture theatre to compete for the University title, and the opportunity to move further in the National Competition run by Vitae.

While the judges deliberated, and the People's Choice counted, the audience were treated to a mind-blowing talk from special guest, Dr Ben Littlefield, Head of Curiosity, Winchester Science Centre.

Congratulations to all our finalists, and we can't wait to see who will be taking to the stage this year!

Reflecting on the competition - with our 2018 winner

We met with Rachel Owen to talk about her 3MT experience, from the Southampton heats all the way to the UK Final, as well as a few words of wisdom for those just starting out in their academic adventure.

Read the full interview here.

Follow the links below for photos/videos and more info on previous competitions.

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