Student presents

Students present their research in three minutes.

Student presentation

Competitors must be able to articulate their work in front of a large audience.

Spectators at event

The fourteen shortlisted students will present to an audience of their peers.

Judges watch presentation

Performers will be judged by a panel of judges comprising of academics and research leaders.

Watch the Competition!

Details on how to reserve a space in the audience will be released in due course. 

Master's 3⋅60 is a competition where Master's students present their research within three minutes to an audience of their peers and a panel of judges. The Competition ran for the first time in 2017, and is returning on Wednesday 04 July 2018

The winners are awarded with the following: 

  • 1st Prize: £250
  • 2nd Place: £150
  • 3rd Place: £100
  • People's Choice: £150

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How to Apply:

Applications to the competition are now open. In order to apply, students must email the Graduate School, supplying the following in their email: 

  • One static PowerPoint cover slide that must include/adhere to the following:
              - Your name, department, and the title of your project. 
              - Images may be included. 
              - The file should be submitted in PDF format.
              - The file should be submitted with the following naming convention: FullName_TitleofProject.PDF. 
  • A two minute audio pitch.
              - Make sure the sound quality is audible.
              - The file should be submitted in any of the following formats: WAV, WMA, MP3 and MP4 and with the following naming convention: FullName_TitleofProject.MP3.

The two minute audio pitch must address the following points:

  1. Introduction: Your name, what Master’s course are you doing?
  2. Research project: Why is this project interesting: highlight the research problem.  What are you trying to find out: research question?  How will you try and tackle the research problem?
  3. Impact of the project: What sort of impact will it have? Consider any benefits to academia, society, economy and the environment.

If your files are too large to upload via email, please use Imperial's file transfer software, available here

Shortlisting:

Your slide and two minute pitch will be assessed on:

  • Content of the slide: Easy to read, clear layout, appropriate title that isn’t too long and has all the essential information.
  • Structure: All of the above points (1-3) are covered in the correct order. 
  • Clarity: A medium pacing of the two minute pitch.  Ability to explain clearly & concisely by avoiding excessive use of jargon or technical terms. Demonstrate enthusiasm/passion using a varied tone.

Sixteen students will be shortlisted to compete in the competition. Please be advised that the first fifty submissions will receive priority for shortlisting.

The Final:

The Competition is taking place on Wednesday 04 July 2018, 13:00-17:00. 

Finalists will be required to present within three minutes to a panel of judges. Their presentation will include four PowerPoint slides, one for each of the following:

  1. Cover slide: Must contain the Title of the project, Name, and Department. Optional: any images.
  2. Research Problem: Why is this project interesting: highlight the research problem.  What are you trying to find out: research question?
  3. Method: What approaches are you using to try and solve the research problem?
  4. Impact: What sort of impact will it have? Consider any benefits to academia, society, economy and the environment

The judges will then decide upon and accounce a winner at the end of the event, and the certificates and prizes will be awarded. The audience will also be asked to vote on their winner in the People's Choice Award.