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Writing a personal statement for the MPhil/PhD programme

If you are writing a personal statement for the MPhil/PhD programme, you also need to give an indication of the research project you would like to undertake. You should outline your broad research interests and a more specific research question (it is advantageous to give examples of recent literature to show that you are knowledgeable about the current state of the field). You should also indicate the kind of population you would be interested in studying and the kinds of methods you would like to use.

MPhil/PhD applications usually begin by the candidate making informal contact (e.g., by email) with faculty members with similar research interests. Staff members’ own research interests can be found on their academic profiles and in the Our research section. Enquiries will indicate whether staff members would be available and willing to supervise a candidate’s MPhil/PhD project should the application be successful. Research degrees cannot be undertaken unless the Department can offer relevant expert supervision. It is not unusual for interested faculty members to help applicants improve their personal statements and project proposals.