Thesis mapping - planning the PhD in its entirety
Duration 0.5 days
Team Bristol Doctoral College
Anticipating the PhD and your research journey throughout means knowing about the text you must produce at the end. Consider your thesis as a single document with an overarching argument. Once you have a sense of what the whole looks like, you can produce a ‘map’ of your thesis. Producing this template will give you a sense of control over the project, helping you to identify the boundaries of your thesis, and providing you with a structure from which you can write. This hands-on workshop will help you to develop your ‘thesis map’, enabling you to get a sense of what your thesis looks like as a whole.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how to plan and execute the tasks you will need to undertake, and in what order.
  • Evaluate priorities and develop a sense of timing for completing the thesis.
  • Adapt to evolving research questions and priorities as the foundation for your thesis.
  • Develop a framework / scaffold related to your research questions that will underpin your thesis.
  • Create a thesis map using either a 'Spider diagram', a 'Snowflake method', or a 'Reverse outline'.

For / Special Requirements For postgraduate researchers at all stages of their research degree.

Please note, by registering for this workshop you are agreeing to participate fully in the activities for the full duration of the workshop. 
Further information Please get in touch if you are interested in this workshop but unable to attend on the day. Guidance documentation and instructions on how to produce your own Thesis Map can be sent to you, for you to work through on your own.

Related workshops:

  • Project Management for Researchers: Planning your PhD
  • Project Management for Researchers: Completing your PhD
  • Planning and Writing your Thesis

Cancellation notice: space for this session is limited. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend so that your place can be allocated to another student. Your faculty may incur a charge of £50, to cover the cost of your place, should you fail to attend on the day or cancel any latter than 3 full working days before the course. You may also be restricted from future bookings.


If you are unable to attend the course due to unexpected emergencies (i.e., sickness, caring responsibilities, etc.) please notify us by email (doctoral-college@bristol.ac.uk) as soon as possible on the day of the course, if not before. 

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