Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some questions you may have, including eligibility criteria.

Who is eligible to take part?

Active PhD and Professional Doctorate* (Research) candidates (including candidates whose thesis is under submission) are eligible to participate in 3MT competitions at all levels, Graduates are not eligible.

* Professional Doctorate by Research (Programme composed of at least 2/3 research)

I have just submitted my thesis, can I take part?

  • We will consider applications from all students who are still registered as students at the University of Edinburgh, therefore if you are waiting for your viva, you can take part. If your viva will take place before the date of the University Final you are not eligible to enter the competition.

I have missed the College heats, can I take part in the University final?

  • Sorry, no. Winning the college heat is essential for entry into the final
  • But don’t worry, you can take part next year

I really need to use more than one slide. Can I?

  • No. There really is no negotiation on this!

I really need more than 3 minutes to explain what I do. Can I have 5?

  • No. There really is no negotiation on this!
  • But visit the top tips site for advice on how to develop your presentation.

What training is available?

  • Check the 'training available' page in this section for any relevant training courses in advance of your College heat.
  • Training will be provided for those who get through to the University final.

I don’t really want to be videoed for the finals. Can I avoid this?

  • The University of Edinburgh Final is always videoed and live web streamed in order to make it accessible to all. The videos are added to the University’s YouTube channel, used for promotional purposes and also to enter the winner into the UK and Universitas 21 competitions, where entry is via video submission.  There is no option to opt out of filming.
  • NB College heats are not videoed (unless otherwise stated)

Where will the videos of the talks be displayed?

  • We will upload them all to the University YouTube site

What’s in it for me?

  • There are some great prizes available, but more importantly this is a unique development opportunity available to you.

Can I enter the competition via Skype?

  • No, entry to the University final is in person only

Is the competition just for final year students?

  • No, the competition is for any doctoral researcher at any stage of their doctoral research!

How much time does the competition take?

  • You can expect the competition to take up approximately two days of your time from start to finish. This includes attending any optional competition preparation workshops, school and college heats and training if you make it through to the final. Training for the competition starts in February, and the final takes place in June.

This does not include practice time!