How to write a personal statement for an online Masters application

Tue 1 Dec 2020

Personal Statement Guidelines
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As experienced educators and professionals in the creative industries, the expert instructors of Falmouth’s flexible masters programmes know the importance of choosing the best course of study to suit your individual needs. Creative professionals with different backgrounds all have different expectations of what further education will bring, and matching the right people to the right course is crucial to ensuring our students get the most from their time with us.

To help ensure that the course you’re applying for is right for you, Falmouth asks all online masters degree programme applicants to submit a personal statement as part of their application. This document can be vital in giving the admissions department a better idea of your experience, personality, and motivations, and what you hope to achieve by studying with us.

Since not all universities have this requirement, it can sometimes be difficult for applicants to know where to start. Luckily, we’ve prepared these handy guidelines to give you a better idea of what is expected and help ensure your application is successful.

Read on to find out everything you need to know to write your personal statement and take your first step towards a prestigious masters qualification today.

Personal Statement Guidelines

You should write a maximum of 5000 characters (approximately 500 words) divided into three paragraphs as shown below:


Describe why you are applying and what attracted you to this particular University. Write about your interests in the subject, what you hope to gain from studying with us in terms of personal and professional development and what your long term ambitions are.


Describe the professional pathway you would like to take in the future and your long term career goals. How will your chosen course help you achieve your career objectives?


Tell us about your own experience and studies/work you have done in the past that relate to your chosen field. Describe any relevant skills or achievements gained from education, work or other activities that make you the right candidate for this course. Explain how you are going to put your existing skills into practice and what particular areas you would like to develop during the course.

Still Have Questions? Our Advisors are Here to Help

Hopefully, following these steps will help make writing your own personal statement far more straightforward. Considering how Falmouth’s flexible learning courses will add to your existing experience and contribute towards your professional development can also help you to crystallise your own reasons for wanting to pursue a masters degree, and may even bring to mind further questions about the course and what you can expect.

In the event you do want to find out more about any aspect of your chosen course, or are still having problems composing your personal statement, Falmouth’s admissions advisors are always available to help, and will be happy to discuss your concerns.

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