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So I'm thinking of applying for BSc Politics and Sociology and also BSc Education and Sociology, but we can obviously only write one personal statement for the 2 subject choices. Has anyone else done something like this before? I'm most struggling with the introduction and conclusion as it's hard to get round not actually mentioning the subject that I am applying for... Any advice would be helpful
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Hi!
So I'm thinking of applying for BSc Politics and Sociology and also BSc Education and Sociology, but we can obviously only write one personal statement for the 2 subject choices. Has anyone else done something like this before? I'm most struggling with the introduction and conclusion as it's hard to get round not actually mentioning the subject that I am applying for... Any advice would be helpful
Heyy!

I've been in the same situation when I applied to Uni because some of the degrees I applied to were in Politics & Philosophy and the rest were only Politics & International Relations. The way I solved this issue is that I eventually included both (in your case, all three of them) by talking about your passion and interest not in the specific subjects you'll be studying, but rather by focusing on their intersection. So, say you've already written about why you'd like to study Sociology – instead of simply mentioning Politics or Education, you could say why, in addition to your passion for Sociology, you have an interest in the Politics of Education, the political aspect of education, something along those lines. This way, the person reading your application for the Politics & Sociology degree will know not only that you're interested in learning about Politics in general, but already have a specific curiosity about a subfield. Similarly, for the other degree, your application would then cover a more specific or specialised, to put it this way, of the Education part of your degree. You could even mention one or two questions that you'd like to find out the answer to throughout your degree that have to do with both Politics and Education (e.g. how do discrepancies in the access to education affect local political involvement, or something that you'd genuinely like to read or write about).

I hope this helps, let me know if you've got any questions!

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It's impossible to write a good PS for multiple subject options like that - I've read them and they just don't work. You would be better off choosing your top choice and focusing on that combination. Some unis may also accept an additional PS
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It's impossible to write a good PS for multiple subject options like that - I've read them and they just don't work. You would be better off choosing your top choice and focusing on that combination. Some unis may also accept an additional PS
Yeah I totally get where you are coming from - it is hard to get this to work.
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Heyy!

I've been in the same situation when I applied to Uni because some of the degrees I applied to were in Politics & Philosophy and the rest were only Politics & International Relations. The way I solved this issue is that I eventually included both (in your case, all three of them) by talking about your passion and interest not in the specific subjects you'll be studying, but rather by focusing on their intersection. So, say you've already written about why you'd like to study Sociology – instead of simply mentioning Politics or Education, you could say why, in addition to your passion for Sociology, you have an interest in the Politics of Education, the political aspect of education, something along those lines. This way, the person reading your application for the Politics & Sociology degree will know not only that you're interested in learning about Politics in general, but already have a specific curiosity about a subfield. Similarly, for the other degree, your application would then cover a more specific or specialised, to put it this way, of the Education part of your degree. You could even mention one or two questions that you'd like to find out the answer to throughout your degree that have to do with both Politics and Education (e.g. how do discrepancies in the access to education affect local political involvement, or something that you'd genuinely like to read or write about).

I hope this helps, let me know if you've got any questions!

– Andreea
3rd Year, Politics & Philosophy
That is so good to know! I totally get where you are coming from and this helps so much. Thank you
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