Thesis Boot Camp

Applications for the next Thesis Bootcamp are open and close on Sunday 6 March.

Thesis Boot Camp is an intensive and supportive writing environment for late-stage PGR students. The event gives you the time, space, and encouragement to make significant progress on your first draft. It is not designed to provide specific advice on editing, restructuring, or polishing a thesis – the focus is on overcoming writer’s block to produce a large number of words. 

In addition to ample writing time, the programme will include activities to overcome writers’ block, physical exercise activities (on or off screen), as well as opportunities to socialise with other PGRs at the same stage of study. You will be able to take frequent breaks to avoid screen fatigue. 

The next Thesis Bootcamp will run online over three full days on the 6 - 8 April. Participants are required to attend all 3 full days to support each other as a cohort, and complete preparatory tasks in advance to maximise results. There will also be the option to attend a 1:1 consultation with a writing tutor in the week before the bootcamp.  

The program outline will be as follows: 

  • Wednesday 6 April, 8.45am4.30pm  
  • Thursday 7 April, 8.45am5.45pm 
  • Friday 8 April, 8.45am–5.45pm

You will need to use your computer/laptop (with internet connectionto access this online event as well as for your writing. 

Due to the high demand for TBCs we prioritise PGRs who have not previously attended. If you have attended in the past you may be able to attend again as a Veteran Helper. Please contact Maxine Sims directly to enlist. 

Apply now for Thesis Bootcamp

If you cannot attend Thesis Bootcamp the below resources offer some alternatives: 

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of common queries about how the Thesis Boot Camp works and how to apply. 

Through the preparation for and attendance at TBC, I was able to write a rough draft for 4 of my 6 chapters. This was a huge win for my submission goals.

November 2019 attendee

I felt I really broke through a brick wall and ended up writing so much.

November 2019 attendee

Contact us

If you have any further questions about TBC, please contact Maxine or Dana at doctoral-college@bristol.ac.uk.

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