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King's College London Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Could you explain your doctoral research to a lay audience in just three minutes?

The rules are simple: explain your research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes. No props, sound, moving images, poems, raps, songs or mimes are allowed; only a single static PowerPoint slide is permissible.

Our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in just three minutes. It celebrates the exciting research conducted by doctoral candidates at King's College London and gives them the opportunity to develop their academic, presentation, and research communication skills. 

The winner of the 2023 King's 3MT competition will progress through to the national competition, where they will be considered for a spot at the Vitae Three Minute Thesis UK finals.


Find Out More: Watch our 3MT Webinar (16 February 2023)

Catch up on the recording of our 3MT Webinar (16 February 2023) to get some tips and advice on how to put together a captivating slide and deliver a great presentation that will maximise your chances of winning.

We were joined by the King's 3MT 2022 Winner and Runner-Up, Julia Fajardo-Sanchez and Alex Martin, who shared their experiences of competing in last year's competition.

Get Involved: Register for the 3MT Faculty Heats (March 2023)

Heats will be held in March 2023 and independent judges will nominate three winners from each heat that will be put forward for consideration for the King’s 3MT Grand Final on Wednesday 29 March (in-person, Strand Campus). 

Follow this SkillsForge link to find out more about the competition and to sign up for the relevant heat: King's Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition 2023 // Faculty Heats (PGR600).

Registration Deadline: 7 March 2023, 17:00.

Please Note: the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy (SSPP) heat is being managed separately within the faculty (Wednesday 15 March, time 12:00 onwards). If you are a doctoral student in SSPP, please keep an eye out for more details from your faculty.

A Judges' Choice Winner and Runner Up (£500 and £250 respectively) and a People’s Choice Winner (£500) will be awarded at the King's 3MT Grand Final on Wednesday 29 March (in-person, Strand Campus).



Faculty Heat Dates: 14-17 March 2023

Tuesday 14th March, 10:00-12:00

  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Wednesday 15th March, 10:00-12:00

  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

  • King’s Business School

  • Dickson Poon School of Law

Thursday 16th March, 10:00-12:00

  • Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Friday 17th March, 10:00-12:00

  • Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

  • Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences

  • Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care


Get Prepared: Extra Training and Resources

To help you prepare for your 3MT presentation, you may also be interested in attending one of the following workshops:

Take a look at these articles for more tips and advice:


Looking Back: Three Minute Thesis 2022

The Grand Final winner, Julia Fajardo-Sanchez received a prize of £500 towards research, conference, or public engagement activity expenses, and the runner-up, Alex Martin received a prize of £250.

Julia represented the university at the national 3MT competition and was selected as one of the six UK national finalists. 



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