How do write negatives into a PS (Postgraduate)

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Hi everyone,

I'm applying for a MSc. I achieved a first class in my BSc. However, some of my modules weren't very good. These modules said modules are very important base line for the MSc to build on. I'm worried that admissions are going to ignore my overall 1st and focus on these, poorer modules.

How do I combat this in the personal statement?

Note: Since my degree. I have developed my knowledge in the areas of these modules (through self study).

How should I completely avoid talking about this in the PS?
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Is the uni you're applying to asking for a transcript of your results or just the certificate? If it's latter then they'll only see your overall classification rather than a breakdown of the modules and their respective grades, so they may not even know about the lower marks

I would definitely mention the self-study you have been doing though, as it shows enthusiasm and commitment
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Is the uni you're applying to asking for a transcript of your results or just the certificate? If it's latter then they'll only see your overall classification rather than a breakdown of the modules and their respective grades, so they may not even know about the lower marks

I would definitely mention the self-study you have been doing though, as it shows enthusiasm and commitment
They're asking for a full transcript. What is really annoying is that my transcript doesn't have a full break down of the individual mods. For example, it only shows the overall module grade. Not the breakdown of the mod, i.e exam and coursework. My exams of the poorer modules were decent, they were just brought down my crap CW which was only worth 20% of the mod.

Yeah, that is exactly what I was thinking. I can counter the bad mod grade by talking about my self study around that area.
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How bad were the results or what do you consider bad?
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How bad were the results or what do you consider bad?
2:2. That was the overall mod grade. The exam grade (of the mod) was a solid 2:1. However the mod grade was brought down by my CW, which was only worth 20% of the mod. Unfortunately my transcript only shows the overall mod grade. With no breakdown of CW and exam grades. So admissions won't see that I brought my knowledge back for the exam.
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2:2. That was the overall mod grade. The exam grade (of the mod) was a solid 2:1. However the mod grade was brought down by my CW, which was only worth 20% of the mod. Unfortunately my transcript only shows the overall mod grade. With no breakdown of CW and exam grades. So admissions won't see that I brought my knowledge back for the exam.
What are your plans after a Masters degree?
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What are your plans after a Masters degree?
I want to work in the field of the subject area of the course.
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Unless you are going to somewhere like Oxford or Cambridge I really wouldn't overly worry about that 2 : 2 on your transcript. You have a first and this is already indicative of your abilities to undertake academia at a higher level. In fact, I would argue that with a first you shouldn't do a master's and aim for a PhD. However, some people want to test the waters and specialise in an area and a master's degree is the perfect opportunity.

In your statement blow your own trumpet as hard as you bloody can because it is about you and you want to stand out from the othe applicants. Do not directly relate to the module - keep it broad and show you learn from experiences. Say something like "When something does not go to plan, I reflect on what could have been done better and apply it to my work" or something to that effect. It doesn't explicitly relate to the grade, it turns a bad experience into a positive one and shows you can adapt when faced with adversity - lets face it, its something everyone comes across in academia.
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Unless you are going to somewhere like Oxford or Cambridge I really wouldn't overly worry about that 2 : 2 on your transcript. You have a first and this is already indicative of your abilities to undertake academia at a higher level. In fact, I would argue that with a first you shouldn't do a master's and aim for a PhD. However, some people want to test the waters and specialise in an area and a master's degree is the perfect opportunity.

In your statement blow your own trumpet as hard as you bloody can because it is about you and you want to stand out from the othe applicants. Do not directly relate to the module - keep it broad and show you learn from experiences. Say something like "When something does not go to plan, I reflect on what could have been done better and apply it to my work" or something to that effect. It doesn't explicitly relate to the grade, it turns a bad experience into a positive one and shows you can adapt when faced with adversity - lets face it, its something everyone comes across in academia.
Well, Oxford is one of my choices, however it isn't my first. Although Imperial is mt first choice... I totally agree. I am open to the notion of PhD , but as you said, I want to take a masters to inspire me about what I would like to research.

That's exactly what I am going to try and convey. However I don't want to slip into a "over previous challenges" style of PS. But I do definitely like that idea

Thank you for your advice, it was actually really helpful
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I am sure you are aware but you are not obliged to talk about individual module results, if there is an interview stage it is then you would talk about it if they were to bring it up. Play it safe and talk about positive things - you can't go wrong. You are going to be ahead of others in terms of academic achievement that you would be better off using the words to explain why you want to do the MSc. Out of curiosity what subject do you want to do a masters in?
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