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Thursday 17 June 202115.00

An 80,000-word thesis would take 9 hours to present. Their time limit… 3 minutes!

The 3MT competition asks Doctoral candidates to present their research in just three minutes, in language appropriate to non-specialists, and with only one single presentation slide to support them. Can it be done? You’ll have to watch to find out!

How does it work?

Faculty heats took place from February to May 2020. The winner and runner-up from each Faculty Heat progressed to the UCL 3MT® Institutional Final, due to take place on Wednesday 17 June 2020. (The original date was Wednesday 10 June, find out why this has moved here)

You can watch the final live, via the UCL Postgraduates Facebook page.

The finalists are:

From Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Catarina Alves with Classifying far explosions in the Universe.

From Population Health Sciences, Alice Armitage, with “What matters to you?”  Research and policy recommendations on health needs of migrant children and young people. 

From Brain Sciences, Sumi Bez with Let’s Clean Up: Validating genetic modifiers of protein clearing pathways to cure dementia.

From Medical Sciences, Yingqi Hou with Pneumonia: Sticky bacteria in action

From Population Health Sciences, Memta Jagtiani with #StateOfMind: Protecting the well-being of social media users through family meals.

From Mathematical & Physical Sciences, Faiza Javaid with Antibody-drug conjugates: the quest for a magic bullet in the war against cancer.

From Life Sciences, Alice Morrell with Navigation of zebra to water sources in Botswana, Africa. 

From Brain Sciences, Eva A Sprecher with From Labels to Stories: Understanding Fostering Relationships 

From Life Sciences, Katie Stringer with Tracking how abnormal proteins travel through the brain in Alzheimer’s disease 

From Medical Sciences, Nekisa Zakeri with The New Cells on the Block: removing the brakes for liver cancer therapy

Have a look at our previous winners


On 25 June 2018, 9 students competed. The winner of the event was Elizabeth Forsyth, the runner-up was Ione Woollacott with Sarah Slack taking home the People’s Choice award.

View Elizabeth’s video here


On 26 June 2017, 13 students competed. The winner of the event was Alexandra Bridarolli with Carlos Ledezma taking home the People’s Choice award.

View Alexandra’s video here


On Final on 26 June 2016, 16 students competed. The winner of the event was Jonathan Lambert, with Fatumina Abukar taking home the People’s Choice award.

Jonathan was entered into the national UK Three Minute Thesis semi-final, and progressed to the national final.

View Jonathan’s video here


On 30 June 2015, 11 students competed. The winner of the event was Jonathan Hannabuss, with Sabina Andron coming second.

Jonathan was entered into the national UK Three Minute Thesis semi-final, and progressed to the national final.

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