Careers Service

Applications and CVs for further study

Advice on applying for further study, including examples of CVs and personal statements.

Most graduates considering further study will be applying for Taught Masters degrees, and this is the focus of this page. If you are thinking of applying for PhD or MRes study see 

Moving on to a PhD

Writing applications for further study is similar to completing job applications. You need to provide evidence that you have the required qualifications, skills, experience and relevant knowledge. You also need to explain why you have chosen the course, for example how it will help you move towards your career goals.  

Personal statement 

A personal statement is a key element of postgraduate applications. Watch our quick guide to help you write a successful statement. 

Video: Quick guide to personal statements for PG courses
Advice on how to write a personal statement for applying for postgraduate study, from University of Edinburgh Careers Service.

Prospects: postgraduate study personal statement examples 

CV 

Some institutions will ask you to submit a CV in support of your application. Your CV should be tailored to the programme with an emphasis on relevant study and experience. It should demonstrate that you have the skills needed to study at this level - self-motivation, research, persistence and problem solving. 

Examples of CVs for further study