Thesis Boot Camp

Applications for the first Thesis Boot Camp of 2018-19, running from 5 - 7 November, are now closed. The next TBC will be in May 2019.

Thesis Boot Camp is an intensive and supportive writing environment for late-stage doctoral researchers. The idea is to give you the necessary 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.

Support is provided through short tutorials, group discussion, and 1:1 consultations with the facilitators. Attendees are required to complete preparatory tasks to get the most out of the event.

The TBC will take place in the PGR Hub on the first floor of Senate House, from Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 November. 

The program outline is as follows:

  • Day 1, Monday 5th November, 1.00 pm - 4.30 pm
  • Day 2, Tuesday, 6th November, 9.30 am - 8.30 pm
  • Day 3, Wednesday, 7th November, 9.30 am - 8.00 pm

The event is fully catered, but no overnight accommodation is available.

Please note: Applications are no longer being accepted for the November TBC. There will be another TBC at the end of May, 2019. Applications for the May TBC will open in February 2019.


You are an eligible Thesis Boot Camp recruit if you are:

  • A postgraduate research student (DPhil, MPhil, PhD, Professional Doctorate)
  • In the final stages of completing your degree. That is, you have completed data collection (in whatever form is relevant to your project and discipline) and are currently ‘writing up’. The ultimate aim of Thesis Boot Camp is to write up to 20,000 words of first draft material. It is not for editing, revising, preparing presentations or grant applications etc. In other words, you must be able to identify the particular chapter or chapter(s) of your thesis that you will specifically work on as part of your Thesis Boot Camp goal.
  • Able to clearly identify how you would benefit from an intensive period of drafting a particular section of your thesis.
  • Willing and available to attend all sessions, to complete preparatory tasks in the lead up to the event, and to commit to the ethos of dedicated writing required at Thesis Boot Camp.
  • Able to provide details of an academic referee to support your application (E.g. your Primary Supervisor or member of your supervisory team).

The event is limited to 30 participants and we expect to receive more applications than there are available places, therefore we cannot guarantee participation for all eligible applicants. Priority will be given to those who have not previously attended a TBC. You should complete all sections of the application in full, with the above eligibility criteria in mind.

If you have any queries about any aspect of Thesis Boot Camp, please contact Loriel Anderson or Sabrina Fairchild.

The Thesis Boot Camp enabled me to change my approach to writing. Instead of being stuck in my usual 'perfect sentence vortex' I was able to write over 15,000 words during the Boot Camp. I now feel so much more productive and on track to submitting my thesis.

May 2018 attendee

Frequently Asked Questions

Still unclear what Thesis Boot Camp is? Check out our FAQs before you apply.

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