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3MT (Three Minute Thesis) and Annual Research Student Conference

UCLan provides two opportunities per year for research degree students to disseminate their work - 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) and the Annual Research Student Conference.  

3MT (Three Minute Thesis) 2017 Competition

This year’s competition will start with Faculty heats leading to a single University wide final on 22nd June 2017 which will have 1 winner and 2 runners-up from each of the five Faculties (15 finalists). The winner of the UCLan competition will go forward to represent the university at the National Vitae 3MT competition in the summer.

3MT Winner 2017

Michael Buttery from the School of Engineering, brilliant presentation really thought provoking.  Michael now goes forward to the Vitae national competition.

3MT Runner Up 2017

Alison Doherty from the School of Nursing, again another fabulous presentation. 

Previous winners:

Lydia Harkin from School of Health Sciences

Lydia was the overall UCLan winner and went on to represent the University at the regional Vitae conference 2015/16


Click here for the 3MT handbook which provides full details of this year’s competition from its origins, to eligibility, process/stages and judging criteria as well as useful tips and FAQs.

PLEASE NOTE eligibility criteria is that students must be PhD, post transfer and pre viva; Prof Doc post taught component and pre viva, at the point of 22nd June 2017. No other students may be entered.

Any student who is interested entering this year’s competition should contact their designated Research Degree Tutor (RDT) in the first instance.

If there are any queries, please forward them to


Annual Research Student Conference 

Dates for the 2018 Conference coming soon ...