Apart from the degree application, the subsequent interview process and the application to relevant funding sources and scholarships are important steps to be taken. Below are some tips and personal experience from various postgraduate students on how to prepare for an interview and secure funding will be covered.
Academic achievements are undeniably important for applying to postgraduate courses. However, with an imperfect transcript, your CV and personal statement may just be your saving grace. Here, we provide a guide on what makes a successful CV and personal statement.
As the application season is now in heat, we decided to work on a project on postgraduate applications to help our readers currently applying to courses. We interviewed six current and former UCL Masters and PhD students in Psychology-related fields about their applications process. In this project, we will cover academic CVs and personal statements, interviews and funding, as well as desirable experience and prospects after graduation. In this opening post, we will introduce our interviewees and provide a glimpse into why they chose their degree programmes.
When I was younger, I had a copy of Even More Terrible Tudors by Terry Deary which I read cover to cover more times than I’d like to admit. One of the historical titbits I found very entertaining was how a school friend of Edward VI was apparently punished by a teacher for proclaiming “thunderous oaths!”—evidently incredibly rude at the time. Obviously, centuries later, we’ve moved on—but we haven’t moved beyond rude words and being punished for using them. Arguably, swear words are a necessary part of language: they’re universal to all cultures and their meaning is often immaterial; it’s the emotional state their use expresses that’s important.