I'm Canadian, and thinking of applying to Oxford University's pre-masters program in diplomacy. I graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, however I dealt with a lot of mental health issues during my undergrad, and my grades are really lacking as a result (2.1 GPA, 61% overall).
I've taken a year out since my graduation to really figure out my mental state, and feel so much better. I know my grades aren't a result of being educationally challenged, but rather, a difficult period in my life. I was dealing with something that I had never dealt with before, and that seemingly came out of nowhere. I know I can succeed at a highly-ranked institution.
Anyway, I was thinking of applying to the Pre-Masters program. I was wondering if anyone with below average grades has ever successfully completed the Diplomacy course at Oxford, and gone on to study at the institution, or anywhere similar? Is there a point to me doing the (very expensive!) program? Will it actually bridge the academic gap, provided I excel in the course? Any insight would be very much appreciated!
Also, I am beginning applications to other schools in the UK, and wonder if I should include my struggles with mental health (specifically, OCD) in my personal statement...
I have a letter of recommendation from a very well published, and highly regarded professor in the field. Do you think an explanation of my poor grades in a personal statement, this letter and the pre-masters course will allow me entry into a graduate program I feel I am fit for?
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- 02-03-2016 22:02
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- 03-03-2016 11:55
First off, I'd contact admissions with your profile and see what they think, also mentioning your extenuating circumstances. If you manage to get hold of an admissions tutor (academic) then you can also ask about things like career prospects and what grads go on to do. Make sure that you've done your research and read what's on their website first though.
Your PS should be positive so if you want to mention your mental health issues do so in a formal professional and positive manner and only in a line or two. It should really be dealt with in your reference rather than in your PS. I may be wrong but I think for most grad level courses you need at least 2 refs.