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Hi TSR,

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.

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I would try to get it to about 600-700 if you could just to show you were considerate of the reader.
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I would try to get it to about 600-700 if you could just to show you were considerate of the reader.
Thanks for the response. I shall try being a tad more considerate.
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majority of institutions recommend 1000words
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Mine was a little over 500 for both Masters and PhD.
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Mine was a little over 500 for both Masters and PhD.
Damn, that must've been some concise applications! My section on my honours project is about 150 words alone!

What's your Masters and PhD in, if you don't mind me asking?
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Damn, that must've been some concise applications! My section on my honours project is about 150 words alone!

What's your Masters and PhD in, if you don't mind me asking?
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.
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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.
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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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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.
Nottingham allows you to upload a word document of your PS, so hypothetically I could upload a novella of my interests and desires

Did you apply for funding with an outside body from your supervisor's University then?
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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
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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.
Are they not super competitive? :P

I've cut down some unnecessary wording and on 3 pages (805 words). I may try and cut it down a bit more but I don't really want to be losing the good points I've written.
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Are they not super competitive? :P
Generally, no.
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Generally, no.
Do you think that's due to there being less applicants overall pursuing postgraduate or each course being so specialised/niche?
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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
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I've highlighted I achieved 90% in two of my Level 5 modules to prove I'm competent in a laboratory. I'd hope some slight crossing over is fine in context?
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Do you think that's due to there being less applicants overall pursuing postgraduate or each course being so specialised/niche?
I am not really sure. You'll have to ask someone who works in HE, particularly PG, to get an answer. No doubt there are fewer applicants, and there is less certainty that the applicant you accept will in the end take up your place -- because the applicant is not bound to only 5 unis. They can apply to 50 courses, if they feel up for it.
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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).
My proposal was about 500 words as well! 3k, wow! The application for my PhD was a breeze actually, it was the funding that was the ballbreaker. Nightmare.

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Nottingham allows you to upload a word document of your PS, so hypothetically I could upload a novella of my interests and desires

Did you apply for funding with an outside body from your supervisor's University then?
I was funded by the AHRC. It's a long process and a mega pain in the arse (super duper competitive, so by proxy super stressful, ha), but it was well worth it in the end. If my AHRC bid failed, the department were going to match the funding and do it that way. Luckily didn't need to go down that road.
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I've highlighted I achieved 90% in two of my Level 5 modules to prove I'm competent in a laboratory. I'd hope some slight crossing over is fine in context?
Personal statements are less about how competent you are - having done a certaind degree, they assume you can be competent in labs - and more about your passion for the subject, and why you have to do that particular masters degree over another one
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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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Mine have been the maximum permitted by the institution The reader could go **** off, I didn't spend my undergrad doing shiny academic things for them to be left out!
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