MSc Public Health Personal Statement Guidance

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To gain a place on MSc Public Health, you’ll have to submit a personal statement and meet our entry requirements when you apply.

Within your personal statement (up to 750 words), we’ll want to understand:

  • What motivates you and what past experience (both academic and non-academic) do you have?
  • What are your main interests in public health?
  • What professional or personal development have you undertaken to support you with your studies and goals around public health?
  • What are your future career goals?
  • Why have you chosen to apply to the University of Salford and the MSc Public Health programme?

You should also provide a CV and two references (at least one should be an academic reference) provided on letterhead paper, signed and dated.

An English qualification is an essential entry criteria for the programme, special attention should be paid to your writing style and expression in the statement.

    What else should I include?

    Why have you chosen to apply to the University of Salford and the MSc Public Health?

    • An understanding of where Salford is geographically located would assist your application reflecting your research on the institution.
    • Tailor your personal statement to the institution and programme that you are applying for. You can provide specific examples in order to demonstrate your extensive research into the programme and the institution you have applied to. You can make reference to any of the following, to name but a few: course content, facilities, teaching staff or the scholarships available to international students etc.
    • Please write the content in your own words, as this aids the flow of your personal statement.
    • Please use clear and concise paragraphs in your personal statement- bullet point answers are not acceptable.
    • The personal statement is limited to 750 words!
    • What are your future career goals? Avoid statements such as “I look forward to working within the NHS” or “I wish to be part of the UK health system” as these may raise concerns during the CAS process. 

    CV: Please include the dates of your roles and list your responsibilities. If this is not done it may slow the assessment process, where clarification is required.

    The CV should also include:

    • Any courses/conferences/workshops you participated in.
    • The dates of attendance.

    Two references - where possible, these should be:

    • In a non-editable format (i.e. pdf)
    • On letter-headed paper
    • Dated and signed by your referee
    • Including your referee’s contact information (i.e. email address, contact number)
    • Supportive of your application to study at the University of Salford.

    More information

    Good luck with your application, we hope to see you on campus soon.

    You can find some more general information about how to apply as an international student.