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hello!
I feel that my personal statement is very biology heavy so would this put me at an disadvantage for applying for natsci?
I do biology, chemistry, maths and geography and have A* A A A* in them respectively.
I'm looking to apply for bio natsci at cambridge, natsci with placement year at lancaster, biological sciences at imperial, biological sciences at ucl and biology with placement year at bath for 2021 entry.
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please help me!
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can someone help me please?
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can someone help me please?
The only question you need to ask yourself is, from each individual university does your personal statement demonstrate that you're interested in studying their degree? You have to decide for yourself the balance between tailoring it to fit one degree exactly or making it more generic but having it suit all of the courses you chose.
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The only question you need to ask yourself is, from each individual university does your personal statement demonstrate that you're interested in studying their degree? You have to decide for yourself the balance between tailoring it to fit one degree exactly or making it more generic but having it suit all of the courses you chose.
i understand that but with lancaster they say that they understand if your personal statement is tailored towards one subject but should I really trust that will look at me in the same way as another applicant? thank you for replying
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It depends on the specific natural sciences course. I have a place at Cambridge for Natsci even though my PS was written for biology exclusively. If the course you're applying for requires that you do other sciences, it will likely be a disadvantage. Otherwise, it shouldn't be.
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i understand that but with lancaster they say that they understand if your personal statement is tailored towards one subject but should I really trust that will look at me in the same way as another applicant? thank you for replying
I'm sure they won't put it against you for tailoring it towards only one part, as long as you show how passionate you are about that aspect of it. Remember they just want to be sure that you're going to thrive studying their degree and achieve highly. As long as you can demonstrate that then it doesn't really matter what proportion is dedicated to a certain subject.
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It depends on the specific natural sciences course. I have a place at Cambridge for Natsci even though my PS was written for biology exclusively. If the course you're applying for requires that you do other sciences, it will likely be a disadvantage. Otherwise, it shouldn't be.
oh ok so it shoudln't be a problem for cambridge then... thanks!
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you always have the saq for cambridge as well
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I'm sure they won't put it against you for tailoring it towards only one part, as long as you show how passionate you are about that aspect of it. Remember they just want to be sure that you're going to thrive studying their degree and achieve highly. As long as you can demonstrate that then it doesn't really matter what proportion is dedicated to a certain subject.
ok but do you think it is worth maybe mentioning a line or two about other subjects or should i leave it as is?
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you always have the saq for cambridge as well
oh you're right... completely forgot about that! what sort of things should i include in that? is it just things like talks i've been to in chemistry for example or a mini personal statement?
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ok but do you think it is worth maybe mentioning a line or two about other subjects or should i leave it as is?
If they're a significant part of those degrees then it may be worth mentioning it, I'm not studying any of those myself so I couldn't tell you how important each subject is. Again, ultimately it's them being interested in you being interested in them, simple as that.
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If they're a significant part of those degrees then it may be worth mentioning it, I'm not studying any of those myself so I couldn't tell you how important each subject is. Again, ultimately it's them being interested in you being interested in them, simple as that.
ok thank you its just i'm very tight on lines at the moment and i have to give it in on monday.... (i.e i'm screwed)
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oh you're right... completely forgot about that! what sort of things should i include in that? is it just things like talks i've been to in chemistry for example or a mini personal statement?
There is no requirement to fill in the additional personal statement for the SAQ.
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There is no requirement to fill in the additional personal statement for the SAQ.
did you write anything?
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ok thank you its just i'm very tight on lines at the moment and i have to give it in on monday.... (i.e i'm screwed)
Don't worry, that's plenty of time to perfect it. Try not to overthink it too much, just sell yourself, demonstrate your passion without waffling, and make sure you show other people so that they can proof read it for you. You'll smash it!
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Don't worry, that's plenty of time to perfect it. Try not to overthink it too much, just sell yourself, demonstrate your passion without waffling, and make sure you show other people so that they can proof read it for you. You'll smash it!
thank you very much!
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did you write anything?
Nope, with the NSAA and interviews I figured the actual impact of the additional PS was basically nothing.
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In Cambridge, my peers who did NatSci (I'm an engineer) were inevitably Chem-leaning or Bio-leaning even in PtI. I don't think it's a problem that your statement is Bio heavy.

Maybe ask yourself why you want to do the NatSci course. Can you make it into a strength that as well your focus on Bio, you want to maintain a broad scientific base? Maybe you can demonstrate this through wider reading and reflection? Eg. are you interested in biotech cross-overs? But don't make it up - be true to your motivations.
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