Published: 25 February 2016

Postgraduate Research: Three Minute Thesis competition 2016

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The first Three Minute Thesis competition for postgraduate research students at the University of Liverpool in 2016 is set to take place in May.

The competition challenges students to present their research topic with one PowerPoint slide and no additional props in just three minutes, explaining it in a way which can be understood by a non-specialist audience.

The event, organised by the University, is a local version of the national competition which has now taken place for several years. Local heats also take place at other universities across the UK.

PhD students who get involved have the opportunity to communicate their research to a wider audience and build their presentation skills as well as contribute towards the University’s wider public engagement.

The winning submission will win a prize of £200 and have the opportunity to enter the UK Three Minute Thesis competition organised by Vitae. The runner-up prize is £50.

To enter, students need to register for Communicating Research: A multi-media online event. There is an opportunity as part of the registration process to declare your intention to enter the Three Minute Thesis competition before the event starts on Tuesday, 3 May. PLEASE NOTE – Booking for this event is currently unavailable due to technical difficulties. Until the site is back up and running, you can register for the event by emailing

A webinar called An Introduction to the Three Minute Thesis competition will run on Wednesday, 2 March to introduce the competition rules and offer tips for presentation. It is also an opportunity for potential participants to ask questions about the competition.

Postgraduate research students can also attend a one-day workshop on Tuesday, 8 March or Thursday, 14 April which has been designed to prepare students for presenting their research to the wider public and will include specific support for the Three Minute Thesis competition.

For further information about the competition please visit:

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