3 Minute Thesis Competition at IRMSS 2018


3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MTC) – Saturday May 26th 2018 at 12.30pm

The 3 Minute Thesis Competition is a skills training and development opportunity designed to provide an opportunity for currently registered doctoral researchers and early career researchers to practice presenting their research clearly and concisely (in three minutes to be precise) to a public audience at an international conference.


The following categories of presenters are eligible for the competition:

Traditional Doctorate, Professional Doctorate or Structured PhD degree candidates who are currently registered on a doctoral programme of study and research in a national or international university or college.


 A prize of €100 will be awarded to the winning presentation, €50 for the second and third place contestants.


 The entry form for the 3-Minute Thesis Competition can be found here

You can also send the application form to gerard.downes@mic.ul.ie

Interested applicants are requested to use 3MTTC as a subject line

Application forms for 3MTC are also available  from the Research and Graduate School Office. Contact: rgso@mic.ul.ie


Applications should be submitted by 5pm on Friday, May 18th 2018.


  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and those who incur time faults will be disqualified.
  • A single preloaded PowerPoint still slide containing the thesis title is permitted, but not obligatory to use in the competition
  • The decision of the Adjudicators is final.

Assessment Criteria

  • Was the presentation pitched at an intelligent non-specialist audience?
  • Did the presentation provide a context for understanding the key research question and its rationale?
  • Did the presentation describe the key results of the research including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the presentation communicated in simple and declarative prose?
  • Did the presenter explain conceptual language and avoid discipline-specific jargon?
  • Did the presenter show enthusiasm for the research project?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation?

Further Information

For further information about the competition please contact Ger Downes (gerard.downes@mic.ul.ie) in the Research and Graduate School at MIC.