Applications and CVs for further study

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

Most students considering further study will be applying for Taught Masters degrees, and this is the focus of this page.

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. 

Quick guide to personal statements for postgraduate study

Prospects: postgraduate study personal statement examples 


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. 

Example CV for further study  (arts and humanities)

Example CV for further study (science and engineering)

See also our general advice, here on this website, on CV writing - the same principles apply:

How to write your CV     (Careers Service website)

This article from summarises information on applying for postgraduate study, including writing a personal statement and writing a CV - but does not include examples.

Applying for a Masters degree  ( 


If you are thinking of applying for PhD or MRes study see 

Moving on to a PhD