Your postgraduate personal statement is among the most vital parts of your application. It is one of the first steps towards starting your academic journey because it plays a major role in persuading your chosen university that you’re a suitable candidate for its course.
Based on our expertise, we would like to provide you with a head start in composing a great personal statement and increase your chances of getting accepted to your desirable university. Without further ado, let’s begin!
Why is your Personal Statement important?
Unlike your grades or admission test scores - that many other candidates may also have - your personal statement is the main way you can present your uniqueness. It is a kind of autobiographical essay to introduce yourself and a way to show how your academic achievements, personality traits, values and goals have made you the right person for your desired postgraduate program.
No matter how hard this process of “selling yourself” may seem at first, you should always remember that this is your time to shine! Seize the opportunity to stand out in the most positive way. You have approximately 40 lines and 4.000 characters (depending on the country and the institution you’re applying for) to prove to the admission committee that you are the perfect candidate.
How to write your Personal Statement?
Although there aren’t any set rules on how to write a personal statement for Master’s applications, there are some topics you should always include.
1. Reasons for wanting to follow a particular postgraduate program. You need to explain why you’re interested in the course. Write about what made you choose it and how this course can help you achieve your career goals by providing solid examples.
Tip: Be specific and demonstrate enthusiasm!
2. What makes you a suitable applicant. It is important to have a genuine interest in the university and subject you’re applying for, but it’s even more important to fit the criteria. So, it’s vital to explain how your skills and previous experience are relevant to that master’s course and how familiar you are with the field you are about to enter.
Tip: To really impress, do your research on the program so that you can be more specific about how you match up!
3. How your current study and/or work experience is relevant to the field. Even if the subjects you’ve studied in the past or your work experience are not very relevant to your chosen university course, you can explain how your knowledge and practical skills can contribute to the postgraduate program you want to attend.
Tip: Support your statements with specific examples!
4. Your related interests and achievements. Hobbies and extracurricular activities are a great way to show your unique personality. Provide examples of your most relevant interests and write about how you have developed key transferable skills through them, such as communication skills, leadership, teamwork, time management, etc.
Tip: Transferable skills and common qualities are highly valued by admission committees.
Tips to help you get started
Personal Statement Do’s & Don’ts
At Brive, we acknowledge that composing a personal statement for Master’s applications could be a real struggle sometimes. For that reason, our team of experts are here help you capture on paper all those special ingredients that compose you!
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