Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Three Minute Thesis Frequently Asked Questions

Registrant Eligibility

Who can take part in the 3-Minute Thesis competition?

You must be a current University of Leicester research student to take part in the competition - i.e., be currently registered for a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, PsyD, EdD, EngD, DClinPsy, or DSocSci) or an MPhil degree.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept registrations from Masters students (MA, MSc, MRes, etc.)

I am coming to the end of my degree, can I take part?

The competition event takes place Wednesday, 31 May 2017- to be eligible to take part you must at that date be registered as a full-time, part-time, distance learning, or writing-up research student.

Unfortunately you will not be eligible to take part if you have submitted your thesis for examination or will do so before the date of the competition event.

Are there any restrictions by subject-type or year of degree?

The 3- Minute Thesis competition is open to research students from all subject areas.

The competition is open to research students who are sufficiently far ahead in their degree that they have research results/findings to present. For that reason, we will not normally consider applications from PhD/MPhil students in the first year (full-time) or first two years (part-time/distance learning) of their degree. Research students on other doctoral programmes should normally be in the thesis writing stage of their degree.

Can part-time and distance learning research students take part?

Those selected to take part in the 3-Minute Thesis competition are required to present their work in person at the competition event. Part-time and distance learning research students who can attend the competition event 31 May 2017 are welcome to apply.

Can I take part in the 3-Minute Thesis competition as well as the Festival of Postgraduate Research and the PhDepictions competition?

Research students are welcome to part in the Festival, the PhDepictions photography competition, and the 3-Minute Thesis competition.

Registration Process

How are applications submitted?

Research students wanting to take part in the 3-Minute Thesis competition must register for the competition using the online form.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications must be submitted by 17:00 BST Friday, 7 Aril 2017. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

How will applications be selected?

All applicants are accepted into this competition.

When will I find out if my application is successful?

All applicants are accepted into this competition.

Presentation Format

How strict are the rules on time?

Very! Presenters will be stopped as soon as there three minutes are up; presenters who attempt to continue speaking beyond their alotted three minutes will be disqualified.

Can I use any equipment or props during my presentation?

Presenters may not use equipment or props during thir presentation.

What are the requirements for the MS PowerPoint slide?

Presenters may use a single MS PowerPoint slide to illustrate their presentation. The slide must not involve:

a. slide transitions/animations

b. audio or video files

Slides must include the University logo in the top left corner and in its original colours.

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