How to make a successful Masters application:
To maximise your chances of gaining a place on a Masters course at Manchester Met you should:
- Link the subject to your own goals - clearly communicate the relationship of the subject to your own research, professional training needs, aspirations and future plans.
- Indicate your motivation - reflect on your intellectual and practical motivation for undertaking the course and why you find the subject area especially interesting or challenging.
- Build on your prior knowledge - explain how the Masters course will build on the knowledge you have already built up in the subject area.
- Be focused - ensure your statement is intelligible to readers with expertise but avoids unnecessary jargon.
- Demonstrate your commitment - show understanding of the chosen subject along with sensible preparation for taking the course.
- Think about the course structure - link clearly to the description of the course content and perhaps provide evidence of consultation with the prospective course leader.
- Show your interest - point out if there are any particular areas of the course that are of interest to you, such as particular modules, placement opportunities or practical experience.
How to make a successful Research application:
To maximise your chances of gaining a place on a Research course at Manchester Met you should:
- Articulate your thesis topic - indicate clear aims and objectives, key research questions to be answered and the research methods to be utilised.
- Be informed about prior research - investigate your proposed field and be able to position your own study in context of the existing work in the area.
- Signify added-value - explain why you chose your proposed field of study and suggest why your work will be distinctive and will contribute to the development of the field.
- Demonstrate independent thinking - show the ability to distil the key elements of your detailed area of work.
- Highlight your skills - describe how any prior training has helped focus your proposal and show what relevant skills you have.
- Consider the broader context - research around your study and be informed about key sources that are available to you.
- Find an appropriate prospective supervisor - ensure your chosen supervisor is suitable for your area of specialism and be aware of the support and infrastructure available to you.
- Consult with your prospective supervisor - show evidence of initial consultation with your prospective supervisor in putting together your proposal.