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Hello,

So throughout my Econonomics UG I had some "issues". Partied a lot and was very unfocused. scored 47% First year, 55% Second year, and 65% Final year. Graduated with a 2:1.

I want to apply for MRes Economics at Bath mainly because I love economics and I really liked doing my Dissertation for which I scored 71% and think I prefer the research side of things.

When writing my personal statement, should I try spin a narrative explaining why I'm suited despite some sub par academic performance? What would be the best way to do so?

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Your overall score is a 2.1 so I wouldn't worry about it at all. Let your referee talk about grades in their reference and focus your PS on why you want to do the course and why you are suited for it in terms of skills and experience.
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Your overall score is a 2.1 so I wouldn't worry about it at all. Let your referee talk about grades in their reference and focus your PS on why you want to do the course and why you are suited for it in terms of skills and experience.
Thanks for your reply. I didnt really build up any significant relationships with my lecturers since they have a lot of people to get through and I could find the answers I needed else where. Can I still ask any of them for a academic reference? I would say the one who knows me the most would be my dissertation supervisor who I met with twice. She marked my dissertation and gave me a high grade

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Thanks for your reply. I didnt really build up any significant relationships with my lecturers since they have a lot of people to get through and I could find the answers I needed else where. Can I still ask any of them for a academic reference? I would say the one who knows me the most would be my dissertation supervisor who I met with twice. She marked my dissertation and gave me a high grade

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Yes that’s fine though they may not be particularly strong. You may want to meet with them or ring them beforehand.
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Thank you. Not looking likely that I'll get accepted then I guess . Since I think my supervisor will point out a few weak points
Don't make excuses, just describe your 'clear upward trajectory as you came to terms with living away from home and the level of self-management and self-study required at university". Everyone will know you mean "I p*ssed about for two years then bucked up" and that's how it was, so that's fine.
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Don't make excuses, just describe your 'clear upward trajectory as you came to terms with living away from home and the level of self-management and self-study required at university". Everyone will know you mean "I p*ssed about for two years then bucked up" and that's how it was, so that's fine.
Love this ahahaha
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Thank you. Not looking likely that I'll get accepted then I guess . Since I think my supervisor will point out a few weak points
They can’t write negative things bug if they don’t know you well the ref won’t come across as strong.
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