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    Hello all

    I have decided to put an application in to Kings for their Film MA which is still open this year. I had planned to stay at my current uni to do a literature and film MA, but the main tutor behind this course has just left the uni for Oxbridge (not my place to say where) which got me thinking and I've decided I'd rather do a straight film MA at Kings. The problem is they require a 4000 word sample of work. My BA was English, and although I took as many film modules as I could, the only film essay I have from third year is a film and philosophy/film theory essay which is 3000 words. I can expand the focus on the films covered and get it to 4000 words but I'm worried whether this will be acceptable. Also are the sample essays people usually submit all brilliant pieces of work that they've been preparing for months and would get high 70's if marked? My essay only got 65, and although I know how to improve it perhaps considerably, (I wrote it the day it was due) I doubt I have the time to get it to the 75+ standard that I expect people usually submit. Finally since there are places available this late in the day, do you think this will make the odds slightly more favorable for me, considering every paying student means more money for the university?

    Thanks if you got down to the end and for any advice!

    I applied for an English Literature MA at Westminster which needed a 1,500 word essay sample. My problem was that all my undergrad essays had been 2000+ words and the ones with the best marks were 3000+ words so I emailed them and they said to submit one closest to 2000 words.
    I'd suggest emailing them to explain your situation and they might accept the lower word count film essay or one of your English essays
    I think it's just to see how you write - the personal statement/references/academic record will probably have more of an impact on whether they offer you a place. The essay I submitted had a good mark but it wasn't my best work and I got an offer so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
    Hope this helps

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