2017 – Student 3 Minute thesis

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


The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition was set up by the University of Queensland in 2008.  Since then, the competition has soared in popularity and is competitions are held in over 350 universities across the world. 3MT® is a celebration of PhD research, challenging students to explain their research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes.

For the first time in 2016, Edinburgh Napier University took part in 3MT® and its back this year!

For more information about 3MT®:


Researcher participants:

  • When an emergency shelter becomes home – Lara Alshawawreh (SEBE) | Video
  • The Future is Unwritten: Digitisation and its Influence on Book Publishing in Small Nations in Europe – Anna Klamet (SACI) | Video
  • Cross-problem operators for combinatorial optimization – Christopher Stone (SoC)
  • A watershed moment for wild salmon? – Alex Kent (SAS) Video
  • Young people as co-creators of digital culture: measuring the social impact – Alicja Pawluczuk (SoC) | Video
  • Safety in numbers – Suzanne Meade (SEBE) | Video
  • A vitamin D efficient Scotland – Hannah Lithgow (SAS) | Video
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder post Childbirth: The interaction between women and midwives – Jennifer Patterson (SHSC) | Video



Judging Panel:

Angus Evans – SPICe, Scottish Parliament Information Centre

Scott Lyall – Research Degrees Programme Leader, School of Arts and Creative Industries

Prof Emma Hart, Professorial Lead for Research culture and environment