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Hi!!!

- Current University: Warwick
- Current Course: French and Hispanic Studies
- Achieved (Expected) Grade: First
- Prospective Course: Modern Languages MSt and may possibly also apply for the Comparative Literature and Critical Translation MSt as well but I’m not sure yet hahaha
- Other Universities you’re applying to: definitely UCL, maybe Warwick too? Then again I don’t really want to be staying in the same place for postgrad


I know it’s super early but I’m getting so neurotic over course deadlines and references, and that’s before I work out how I’m even going to fund everything 😬
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- Current University: Durham
- Current Course: Theology
- Achieved (Expected) Grade: 66 this year with Covid. I am predicted a First though as I can get around 73% this year.
- Prospective Course: Indian Religion/Cuneiform Studies
- Other Universities you’re applying to: Cambridge and Durham.

I want to spend my life in academia <3
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(Original post by JessPhilosophy)
Can I be completely honest? I don’t like to say don’t apply but my personal opinion is that even with EC accepted, you need a first overall to be a competitive candidate. They say they look at applications with strong 2:1 but in reality, almost all successful candidates have at least 70% overall. My mum died due to covid (and now both parents have died) and so I had an EC claim, but I still managed to get a first this year, even without safety net.

I found a link that may be useful for your course: https://www.admissionreport.com/univ...-and-diplomacy
OMG! I am so sorry about your parents!!!!!!! Idk if this helps but Ibz Mo, the vlogger from Youtube got a 2:2 at Cambridge and then they remarked it to a low 2:1 and he got into Oxford for Masters... <3
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Finishing up my application. I'm also applying to Cambridge and I'm annoyed that you can no longer apply to both Oxford and Cambridge for AHRC funding. This, combined with the scarcity of other sources of funding, leaves me really worried about my chances...

(Original post by JessPhilosophy)
Can I be completely honest? I don’t like to say don’t apply but my personal opinion is that even with EC accepted, you need a first overall to be a competitive candidate. They say they look at applications with strong 2:1 but in reality, almost all successful candidates have at least 70% overall. My mum died due to covid (and now both parents have died) and so I had an EC claim, but I still managed to get a first this year, even without safety net.

I found a link that may be useful for your course: https://www.admissionreport.com/univ...-and-diplomacy
I'm so sorry to hear about your parents Hope you're doing okay x
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(Original post by JessPhilosophy)
Can I be completely honest? I don’t like to say don’t apply but my personal opinion is that even with EC accepted, you need a first overall to be a competitive candidate. They say they look at applications with strong 2:1 but in reality, almost all successful candidates have at least 70% overall. My mum died due to covid (and now both parents have died) and so I had an EC claim, but I still managed to get a first this year, even without safety net.

I found a link that may be useful for your course: https://www.admissionreport.com/univ...-and-diplomacy
Thanks so much for the honesty and the link, and I'm sorry to hear about your loss

This is what I'd call an extremely ambitious application and in no way am I expecting myself to get an offer; however, I qualify for the fee waiver so I don't think there's any harm in at least trying. Other options include Manchester, Warwick or full-time work so you can imagine that this is a reach
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(Original post by aspiringacademic)
OMG! I am so sorry about your parents!!!!!!! Idk if this helps but Ibz Mo, the vlogger from Youtube got a 2:2 at Cambridge and then they remarked it to a low 2:1 and he got into Oxford for Masters... <3
He did? Guess I'm gonna have to watch a few of his recent videos then
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He did? Guess I'm gonna have to watch a few of his recent videos then
Yeah, it is really inspiring. Dw, I'm in a similar position to you and applying with a 66% this year to Oxford and Cambridge, but I'm predicted a First. I don't see why we don't have a shot if we prove our passion and our dedication to our fields. This year was insane and they will understand that.
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Yeah, it is really inspiring. Dw, I'm in a similar position to you and applying with a 66% this year to Oxford and Cambridge, but I'm predicted a First. I don't see why we don't have a shot if we prove our passion and our dedication to our fields. This year was insane and they will understand that.
funny story for you actually but if you search my name then you'll see that I'm also a YouTuber


if I don't get in then you'll probably see the "I got rejected from Oxford Uni..." video but one can only hope - just sucks that I could've had a 2:1 this year (2nd year) but unless my academic appeal is successful, I'll be on a 55% average this year and have a '0' on my transcript for one of my modules which'd mean I'd have to work even harder next year (3rd year) to get a high 2:1 overall on top of the extra-curricular work I already do. As I learnt to say in GCSE Japanese, ganbatte!
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I think I'm going to apply for the medieval studies MSt. My personal tutor is useless though, and has no advice for me.
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Hello!
Just came across and commented on the Cambridge Applicants Thread, and I'm guessing quite some people will be common to both, so hopefully I'm not being annoying haha!
Shivani here from India
I have an offer from Cambridge for October 2020 but unfortunately, I won't be able to take it up because covid delayed my undergrad degree
I'm quite new to the Oxford applications though, hopefully the two are not very different.

Current University - University of Mumbai
Current Course - Bachelor of Mass Media (Journalism)
Expected Grade - 8.5 or more/10
Prospective Course - MSc Sociology
Other Universities I'm Applying To - Cambridge, LSE, UCL, UPenn, Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Uni of Amsterdam, PSL, KU Leuven

If anybody has anything in common with me, let me know!
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Hello everyone
I’m planning to apply for DPhil at Oxford
However, the course is very competitive. Approximately 60 applicants per year and only 5-6 are accepted.
I believe that I meet the entry requirements (I know this is not enough).
I achieved first in my undergraduate degree and successfully completed a master degree with merit (though master degree is not one of the requirements). I have a research paper published.
Research proposal is not required and only CV and a personal statement. So I’m not sure how to make my application stand out?
I mean I'm not sure who will they consider as a competitive candidate?
I really want to apply but at the same time I’m not sure if it will be just a waste of money and effort.
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Hello everyone
I’m planning to apply for DPhil at Oxford
However, the course is very competitive. Approximately 60 applicants per year and only 5-6 are accepted.
I believe that I meet the entry requirements (I know this is not enough).
I achieved first in my undergraduate degree and successfully completed a master degree with merit (though master degree is not one of the requirements). I have a research paper published.
Research proposal is not required and only CV and a personal statement. So I’m not sure how to make my application stand out?
I mean I'm not sure who will they consider as a competitive candidate?
I really want to apply but at the same time I’m not sure if it will be just a waste of money and effort.
I think your personal statement will be the make or break item, if your grades are excellent. I had the opportunity to read a personal statement of a PhD candidate at an Ivy League, and I was surprised to realise that there was hardly anything personal in it. It was almost entirely about her research. It was written amazingly though. Make sure you show that you've done thorough background reading about the topic you're looking to pursue, elaborate on how you plan to go about it, and stress on how this research is relevant and important. I strongly suggest you track down current candidates (or graduates) of the program you're applying to on LinkedIn (or other platforms) and chat with them, as you would with your prospective supervisors. If you're serious about doing a PhD, I'm very sure it won't be a waste! Graduate applications, at least in my opinion, are great learning experiences. You can do this!
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Hi everyone,
I'm applying for the MSc in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Currently in my third year at the University of Nottingham and I'm at a high 2:1. Don't really know if its worth applying since the course is really competitive and I would probably need a 1st, but going to try anyway!
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(Original post by goldhazel)
I think your personal statement will be the make or break item, if your grades are excellent. I had the opportunity to read a personal statement of a PhD candidate at an Ivy League, and I was surprised to realise that there was hardly anything personal in it. It was almost entirely about her research. It was written amazingly though. Make sure you show that you've done thorough background reading about the topic you're looking to pursue, elaborate on how you plan to go about it, and stress on how this research is relevant and important. I strongly suggest you track down current candidates (or graduates) of the program you're applying to on LinkedIn (or other platforms) and chat with them, as you would with your prospective supervisors. If you're serious about doing a PhD, I'm very sure it won't be a waste! Graduate applications, at least in my opinion, are great learning experiences. You can do this!
Thank you so much, that’s really encouraging.
I would really appreciate it if you can link me to a personal statement for successful PhD candidate.
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Hi, I am applying to Oxford MSc NSEG! Undergrad from Sussex and graduated with a 2.1! Fingers crossed
Hey, I am also from Sussex and applying for NSEG. What subject do you study?
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Does anyone know if you can submit your application even if your referees haven't submitted their references? My course requires 3 references so should I wait for at least 2 to be done before I submit my application?
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Hi!!!

- Current University: Warwick
- Current Course: French and Hispanic Studies
- Achieved (Expected) Grade: First
- Prospective Course: Modern Languages MSt and may possibly also apply for the Comparative Literature and Critical Translation MSt as well but I’m not sure yet hahaha
- Other Universities you’re applying to: definitely UCL, maybe Warwick too? Then again I don’t really want to be staying in the same place for postgrad


I know it’s super early but I’m getting so neurotic over course deadlines and references, and that’s before I work out how I’m even going to fund everything 😬
I'm applying to the MSt Comp Lit and Critical Translation too, best of luck for your application!
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I'm applying to the MSt Comp Lit and Critical Translation too, best of luck for your application!
Amazing!!! Best of luck to you too, which languages are you planning to focus on?
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Just finished the first draft of my personal statement earlier today! It's pretty rough and will definitely need a lot of editing but at least I have something! I'm going to ask some friends/family to help edit and hopefully I'll have that done later this week!
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Just finished the first draft of my personal statement earlier today! It's pretty rough and will definitely need a lot of editing but at least I have something! I'm going to ask some friends/family to help edit and hopefully I'll have that done later this week!
That's great!! Mine should be done by the end of this week, but I got another research idea that I might be interested in pursuing instead, so I think I'm gonna write two statements
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