The Three Minute Thesis Competition

Think AheadHow long would it take you to explain your research to someone who's not an expert in your subject? Well, too bad: you've got three minutes!

This year, the University of Sheffield is challenging all postgraduate researchers to take part in the national Three Minute Thesis competition. You’re passionate about your research, but can you pass on that enthusiasm to an audience of non-specialists?

Public engagement is a crucial part of academic research, irrespective of your discipline; by taking part in the University of Sheffield’s Three Minute Thesis you will have the opportunity to take your research into the wider community, raising your academic profile locally, nationally and even internationally.

This is the first year that University of Sheffield has taken part in this competition and, as well as competing against other researchers to represent the University at the UK final of Three Minute Thesis in September, you will also be competing for a University prize of up to £750 to spend on a conference or other professional development activity.

All postgraduate researchers are eligible to take part. If you're interested, your first step is to submit a short (max 350 words) summary of your research, suitable for a non-specialist audience, by 14th March.

All the information you need about eligibility, rules, prizes, key dates and judging criteria is available on the University of Sheffield's Three Minute Thesis webpage, as well as some examples of winning Three Minute Thesis entries.

If you have any questions about the competition that are not answered on the webpage, please email Good luck!