Postgraduate personal statement example

Still stuck writing your postgraduate personal statement?

If you’ve decided to continue studying after finishing uni, applying for a postgraduate place can sometimes seem like a daunting prospect. And putting together a compelling personal statement is a big part of the process – especially on the most competitive courses.

We’ve already covered how to write your personal statement, but here are some postgraduate personal statement examples to help inspire you:

 

Personal statement for a master’s degree

It can be easy to think that if you meet the admission criteria, you’re guaranteed a place on a master’s course.

But just because they’re the most common type of postgraduate qualification, it doesn’t mean master’s degrees aren’t competitive – and your personal statement could be the difference between landing your ideal place or not.

This means you should always steer clear of generic statements, and from referencing anything else you’ve already written elsewhere in your application.

Instead, you should clearly explain why you’ve applied for your chosen course, what attracts you to the university, and the skills you have that will set you apart.

Here’s an example of a personal statement for a master’s degree student:

 

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Personal statement for a conversion course

Conversion courses are aimed at students who are looking to study a different subject from their undergraduate degree.

There are many different types of conversion course you could choose, ranging from Law and Psychology through to IT and Tech. Typically they will last around a year, however, this may be longer depending on the subject you choose.

The main things to address in your personal statement are why you want to change subjects, and what makes you the right candidate for the course.

Also, always try and include previous experience you might have (including any applicable modules covered), and where you’d ideally like to see your career going.

Here’s an example of a personal statement for a conversion course:

 

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Personal statement for a PGCE

Although they are sometimes considered to be conversion courses, PGCEs have some different requirements when it comes to personal statements.

Part of this comes down to concentrating on the relevance of your previous education experience, and the reasons you see teaching as your perfect profession.

Other good things to cover include any work you’ve done with young people in the past, such as teaching or voluntary positions, former teachers or lecturers who may have inspired you, and any hobbies you may have which require a coaching or teaching element.

Additionally, placing precedence on relevant skills, such as leadership, creativity, enthusiasm, patience and communication skills is a great way to make your application stand out.

Here’s an example of a personal statement for a PGCE:

 

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N.B: The personal statements provided about are intended to be examples, NOT templates. To avoid any potential penalties for plagiarism, and to increase the effectiveness of your application, always tailor your personal statement for each course you apply for.

 
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