I am currently in the process of finalising my personal statement before I send it off to Nottingham for a postgraduate taught course.
It currently sits at 890 ish words. When I look online, some websites are saying they should be one side of A4 max.
Will the apparent long length of my personal statement hinder my application? I don't believe I've included anything irrelevant.
Last edited by CTLeafez; 6 days ago
I would try to get it to about 600-700 if you could just to show you were considerate of the reader.
Mine was a little over 500 for both Masters and PhD.
I went into loads of detail for mine -- because I thought master's were super-competitive. I think I did about 2-3 pages, describing my research interests and past research I'd conducted for my bachelor's disso.
I think it is important to put your case across clearly and not over-think; in both senses, don't make it too short and don't make it too brief.
(Original post by gjd800)
Philosophy - the box for the statement in the online application only let you put int something like 600 words, if I remember rightly! I do write concisely for work stuff, though. My application for funding was about 1100 words by comparison.
I did about 550 for the MSc PS and just checked my PhD application - was 680 for the PS and 3k for the proposal (I'd probably reduce the word count if I revised it now).
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Unless they give a specific word limit or suggestion aim for one side of A4 max - its just to give a sense of you as a person - you'll also have an interview, references and your CV/Transcript to also give information
Don't repeat information across platforms btw
Mine have been the maximum permitted by the institution
The reader can go **** off, I didn't spend my undergrad doing shiny academic things for them to be left out!
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