If you’re looking at studying a master’s programme, you’ll already have lots of previous study experience you can utilise. Academic experience, as well as any extracurricular activities, can go a long way to showing why you’d be successful at postgraduate level.
With an undergraduate personal statement, the same version will be seen by all the universities you apply to. That’s why focus around the subject and your passions is so important.
Postgraduate statements will need to be tailored to the university you’re applying to, so make sure you research the provider thoroughly.
Postgraduate personal statements are all about specialisms. At undergraduate level, you’ll talk about subjects broadly, whereas at postgraduate level you’ll need to get into the nitty gritty of a very specific topic. The more you can show your expertise on a specific area, the more likely you’ll be successful.
We’ve asked experts in the field and created a simple list to tell you about the important differences between undergraduate and postgraduate personal statements.
'The institution or department you’re applying to for postgraduate study wants to know you’re committed to the subject and the degree programme, so it’s a slightly different sell.'
'There’s an expectation for a postgrad to have much more idea of what they want to do in their further research. In an undergraduate, they don’t need to know what type of history, for example, they want to specialise in.'