Vitae 3MT® competition 2020 process

We hosted the 2020 Vitae Three Minute Thesis  (3MT®) competition, open to any Vitae member organisation holding an institutional 3MT® competition for its own researchers before the end of June 2020.

Format for 3MT® 2020

Single institutions or pairs/groups of institutions holding 3MT® competitions should conform to the rules set out by the University of Queensland at

  • Each Vitae member institution needs to register their intention to hold a 3MT® competition with Vitae. If your University has not previously held a 3MT® competition, please ensure you also register with the University of Queensland. It is important that the University of Queensland's revised criteria is applied to all 3MT® competitions. Vitae judges will be scoring using the revised criteria
  • The 3MT® branding guidelines publicised by the University of Queensland should be followed on all web pages, printed and other materials associated with local competitions
  • Our UK semi-final will be an online event
  • Our UK final will be a live event, held at the 2020 Vitae Researcher Development International Conference during the gala dinner
  • At the final, a judges’ choice winner and a people’s choice winner will be chosen


  • The video entry to the semi-final should be provided to Vitae by 3rd July. It is advisable for you to have this ready by 26 June 2020
  • The online semi-final will run during July and August  
  • The six finalists will be announced by 19 August  
  • The final will take place in Birmingham on the 14th September 2020 during the gala dinner. All six finalists will need to attend in person and will present to the Vitae conference participants.


  • Doctoral candidates who have not yet had their viva at the time of the local competition will be eligible to enter this national competition
  • Semi-final entries may be filmed during the local competition or separately
  • The same rules apply to the online stage as apply to the live events (1 slide, no props, 3 minutes maximum etc)
  • No individual entries to the online semi-finals are permitted. Semi-finalists must be winners of a local competition. Only a single winner per institution may be put forward to the Vitae competition.


  • Details of how to enter the online semi-final will be publicised to all Vitae member institutions, online and details will be sent directly to those who express an interest in joining the 2020 competition
  • Participating institutions should be prepared to cover expenses incurred by winners taking part in the nation-wide competition, such as travel and accommodation costs for the live final

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