Thesis boot camp

Drop and give me 20! …20,000 words, that is.

Are you a late-candidature graduate researcher struggling with the writing-up battle? Do you put off writing tasks until ‘tomorrow’? Or are you finding it tough ‘going it alone’ on the writing-up journey?


We have just what you need – Thesis boot camp!

Dedicated solely to getting words down on paper (or a computer screen), this program is designed to help you get over that final hurdle or to kick-start your writing progress if it has stalled. We offer four Thesis Boot Camps a year, so watch this space for the dates that best suit you. Join other graduate research comrades at the same candidature stage in a no-excuses, no-time-for-procrastination, take-no-prisoners intensive writing weekend. Not for the faint hearted, Thesis Boot Camp recruits will battle through third-year blues, writer’s block and thesis fatigue to achieve significant progress on their manuscript.

Are you up for the challenge?


You are an eligible Thesis boot camp recruit if you are:

  • a graduate researcher enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy – Engineering or Master of Philosophy – Engineering.
  • in the final stages of completing your graduate research degree. That is, you have completed data collection and are currently ‘writing up’.
  • willing and available to attend all sessions and to commit to the ethos of dedicated writing required at Thesis boot camp.

You should also have your supervisor’s endorsement.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants and we expect to receive more applications than there are available places. So unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that all eligible applicants will be able to participate in the workshop.

Program Details

To be confirmed for 2018.

If you are unable to attend any of our sessions, then check out the Thesis Boot Camp facilitated by the Graduate Student Association
GSA Thesis Boot Camp

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