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    Could I ask any of my lecturers at Uni to provide a reference? None of them really know me very well and I think this applies to nearly everyone in my 200+ students course. How could I ask a lecturer to provide a really good reference if they don't know me well?

    Also, approx. how many words do references need to be?
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    Could I ask any of my lecturers at Uni to provide a reference?
    Yes. Although obviously it would make sense to ask somebody who has actually taught you at some point...
    None of them really know me very well and I think this applies to nearly everyone in my 200+ students course. How could I ask a lecturer to provide a really good reference if they don't know me well?
    Try to have a few prolonged subject-related chats with them if you can (although talking to them about your motivations for applying for graduate study / those particular courses might also be a good idea; with a bit of luck they might even know of one or two suitable courses you hadn't considered before), let them read your proposal / statement of purpose and any written work that might give them a better idea of what sort of student you are.
    Also, approx. how many words do references need to be?
    The instructions to referees should normally say so, but to be honest, I don't think references are likely to be more than one A4 page anyway.
 
 
 
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