Global Business School for Health


Top tips for making a strong application

19 February 2023

Making a robust application for a master's degree is a critical step in achieving your career goals. The admissions process can be competitive, and standing out from the crowd requires careful preparation and attention to detail.

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So, here are the top tips for making a strong application for a master's degree.

  1. Research the programme

Prospective students should thoroughly research the program, including the courses, faculty members, and opportunities available to students. Understanding the programme's expectations and aligning your goals with the programme's values and requirements can increase your chances of acceptance. There is a lot of information on the website, including more information about fees and funding opportunities, application guidelines and open day information.

  1. Meeting the admissions requirements

Read the application requirements on the website carefully and make sure you meet all the admission criteria of the programme, such as minimum GPA, standardized test scores, and prerequisite courses. You must submit several documents alongside your application, including your academic transcript, degree certificate, official English test score, references, and personal statement. You can submit an application without having your English language test scores at that time, but if you’re given an offer, it will be subject to you submitting those before you start on the programme.

  1. Write a compelling personal statement

A well-written personal statement is an opportunity to showcase your skills, experiences, passion for the programme, how it aligns with your next step towards career goals and why you consider yourself a suitable candidate. A well-written personal statement should demonstrate your qualifications, highlight your accomplishments, and set you apart from other applicants. Don't be vague. Outline it properly and let the admissions team understand it clearly. You can start with a hook to grab their attention with specific reasons or motivation why the particular course fascinates you and will benefit your advancement. Identify what modules mainly attract you. Keep it concise and focus on the subject you’re applying for.

  1. Highlight relevant experiences

Emphasizing relevant experiences, such as internships, volunteer work, or research projects that align with the master's degree program, can demonstrate your interest and commitment to the field of study. It is essential to showcase your accomplishments, responsibilities, and any challenges you have overcome. Highlighting any leadership experiences you have had can demonstrate your ability to work collaboratively and take the initiative. Leadership skills are valuable in any field of study and can set you apart from other applicants.

  1. Check your application for errors

Proofread the personal statement before submitting it. It will likely take several drafts to get something you are satisfied with. Ensuring that your application is correct and free of errors, such as typos or grammatical mistakes, and that you have included all the required documents is essential. Attention to detail shows that you are committed.

  1. Get a strong letter of recommendation

Choosing recommenders/referees who know you well and can speak to your academic abilities, skills, and personal qualities can significantly impact your application. The recommendation letters should be professional and provide specific examples of your accomplishments and potential for success in the program. The admission committee may contact your referee by email to confirm anything outlined in their reference.

  1. Attend one of the virtual open-days for your chosen programme.

It’s an excellent way to learn more and get an in-depth understanding of the programme since you can get so much information from the open-day session like talks. You also get the chance to meet the course leader giving you the opportunity to ask them any questions directly.

  1. Submit your application early

Do not wait until the submission deadline. Applying early can increase the likelihood of being accepted, as some programs have rolling admissions and may fill their spots quickly. Being organized and submitting your application well before the deadline demonstrates your commitment and seriousness.

  1. Be genuine

Finally, be yourself in your application. Show the admissions committee who you are, what makes you unique, and why you are the best fit for the program.