Admissions tutors and supervisors will be interested in what’s brought you to choose a Ph D, but they won’t need to know your life story (and you won’t have time to tell it to them).
If your interest in your subject was inspired in childhood, feel free to say so. Every personal statement needs to explain your motivation for taking on a Ph D, but what you include here will depend on the kind of Ph D you want to take on.
ONE APPLICANT DID 25 DRAFTS BEFORE COMING UP WITH ONE SHE LIKED ENOUGH TO SUBMIT Behind every MBA application is a person and a story, and in this trio of representative essays the approaches taken by each candidate is as different as the essays they submitted to the admissions committee at HBS.
The engineer went through took eight drafts over two months.
Universities often ask prospective students to provide a personal statement for Ph D study.
This is likely to be a key part of your postgraduate application.
Make sure you check what’s required before you start writing. Some Ph D applications don’t actually ask for a separate personal statement.
This may be because the admissions tutors want to focus on your research proposal instead (and leave other details for interview questions).
And a female consultant whose passion became healthcare.
Three MBA applicants to Harvard Business School last year.