The University of York Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges PhD students to educate and engage the audience with their research in just three minutes.

Research students pitch their work against the clock, often to a nail biting finish! They are competing to communicate the impact of their research to an audience and judging panel. The top three receive prizes and coaching for the national 3MT semi-final. Many of our finalists also put themselves forward for Falling Walls Labs.

The York Three Minute Thesis Final 2020 took place online on Wednesday 10 June as part of the York Festival of Ideas 2020.

3MT was developed by the University of Queensland to celebrate the best research. Find out the breadth of work being undertaken at York through clear, engaging and concise presentations.

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2020 results

1st place & People's Choice winner: 
"Can we catch it before it is cancer?"
Zainab Kidwai (Health Sciences)

2nd place: 
"Music to your ears, words to mine"
Rui Qi Choo (Education and Language & Linguistic Science)

3rd prize: 
"Your voice, ta voix? Comparing voices across languages"
Justin Lo (Language & Linguistic Science)

Watch the presentations

Rui Qi Choo, Zainab Kidwai, Justin Lo

3MT 2020

Our 2020 winner's research explores low cost screening services to fight oral cancer.

3MT results 2020

3MT 2019

Our 2019 winners discussed harnessing the power of the sun and the psychology of choice.

3MT results 2019

3MT 2018

In 2018, our winner examined how women respond to beauty ideals.

3MT results 2018

3MT 2017

Our 2017 winner explained how election results are affected by days of the week.

3MT results 2017

3MT 2016

In 2016 our winning student took on the task of feeding the world with a good grain.

3MT results 2016

3MT 2015

Our 2015 winners explored why we trust and how to mend a broken heart.

3MT results 2015

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