Nail your personal statement
This is the part where you summarise your academic interests and reasons for choosing your course. Your personal statement should be just that – personal. You need to talk specifically about your motivations, enthusiasm, and suitability for postgraduate study in a clear and engaging way.
Here are the three things to include:
Your Academic Credentials
It is important, of course, to use this space to expand on your previous academic experiences. You need to be able to recognise and promote your transferable academic skills, such as time management, team work and problem solving.
Don’t get too carried away though! A common mistake in personal statements is to spend far too long on what you’ve already done, and not enough time on what we’ve put next...
Your Future Plans
You can end your personal statement on a good note by talking about the future. Briefly give some ideas about how the course will fit in with your career objectives. If you state how you will use the qualification in the future, you demonstrate that you have ambition and the drive to do well.
Make It Relevant
The admissions tutor wants to know about your specific interests in postgraduate study. They want to know:
• Why you have chosen that specific course and that particular institution.
• How you will apply what you know and what you can do to that course.
• Successes, achievements and key skills which are relevant to that course.
• How that course fits into your career plans and ambitions.
You really have to show that your decision is informed and well thought out. Admissions tutors will be reluctant to accept students who are only applying because they can’t think of anything better to do, regardless of how good your academic record is. You need to research your institution and course thoroughly – don’t just quote from the university prospectus.