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Guidelines on completion of personal statement

Applicants for the MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience are expected to complete a personal statement that accompanies their application form. Your personal statement, together with your qualifications, experience and references, will help us to shortlist candidates. The personal statement need not be long. One side of typed A4 paper should be adequate (two sides maximum). However, it is important that you put care into it. Below are three specific points for you to bear in mind. It may be useful, although not essential, to structure your personal statement around these points. You may add additional information as you see fit.

1. Briefly describe your interest in the subject and in this MSc programme:

How did you first become interested in cognitive neuroscience (e.g. degree course, personal experience)? What was it about the subject that captured your interest? Looking at the modules on the MSc programme, which ones interest you most and why (note: all modules are mandatory)? Do you have a particular research project in mind? Are there other reasons why you are applying to this MSc?

2. Demonstrate, giving a specific example, your knowledge and interest in the subject:

We would like you to discuss one specific book or article that you have read that has aroused your interest in the topic of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology. It may have been published in a scientific journal (e.g. Nature Neuroscience), a more popular publication (e.g. New Scientist), or it could be a single authored book. Please tell us the article name, author, publication date, and journal (if appropriate). What were the main findings or ideas and why was it of interest to you?

We are aware that some people have limited experience of cognitive neuroscience before making an application, and we shall take this into account when assessing your statement. However, we do expect all applicants to have some understanding of the kinds of issues that are likely to be covered in the programme.

3. Briefly describe your future plans and commitment to the subject

Please describe how completion of this MSc programme will help you obtain your short- and long-term career goals. You may discuss more than one potential goal if you are undecided.



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