'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.'
When you’re writing a postgraduate personal statement, you have more experience to draw onIf 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.
An undergraduate personal statement isn’t specific to a university
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.
You’ll need to be a lot more specific on a postgraduate personal statementPostgraduate 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.
'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.'