London School Of Economics Llm Application Personal Statement

As to global reputation, LSE can match Oxbridge and Harvard/Yale, despite the fact that it is a specialist institution for economics and the social sciences. All the other schools in the same category are large federal universities offering diverse courses in the pure and applied sciences, social sciences and the liberal arts. LSE has a lower acceptance rate than most schools, with approximately 8% of the total number of applicants accepted to attend. LSE has a number of its alumni serving as heads of state and other key positions in the cabinet and the other levels of government. A number of LSE alumni are well-known economists, financiers and corporate executives. In terms of prestige within the United Kingdom, I would say Oxford, Cambridge and LSE in that order. In the United States, it is a perennial toss-up between Yale and Harvard. A number of LSE alumni are also graduates of Harvard and Yale, such as President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Three senior White House advisers recently appointed by President-elect Obama are likewise LSE alumni. Of course, it is all a matter of personal choice. Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and the economist John Maynard Keynes are distinguished alumni of Cambridge.

As to global reputation, LSE can match Oxbridge and Harvard/Yale, despite the fact that it is a specialist institution for economics and the social sciences. All the other schools in the same category are large federal universities offering diverse courses in the pure and applied sciences, social sciences and the liberal arts. LSE has a lower acceptance rate than most schools, with approximately 8% of the total number of applicants accepted to attend. LSE has a number of its alumni serving as heads of state and other key positions in the cabinet and the other levels of government. A number of LSE alumni are well-known economists, financiers and corporate executives. In terms of prestige within the United Kingdom, I would say Oxford, Cambridge and LSE in that order. In the United States, it is a perennial toss-up between Yale and Harvard. A number of LSE alumni are also graduates of Harvard and Yale, such as President John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Three senior White House advisers recently appointed by President-elect Obama are likewise LSE alumni. Of course, it is all a matter of personal choice. Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and the economist John Maynard Keynes are distinguished alumni of Cambridge.

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Posted Dec 19, 2008 04:10

Personal statement

There is a section in the application form for you to enter a personal statement (3,000 word character limit) or attach a statement as a separate document. The personal statement allows you to express your motivations and suitability for the programme you are applying to.

You should consider the following questions when writing your personal statement:

  • why do you want to undertake the programme or research?
  • what are your academic interests?
  • why do you wish to study at UCL?
  • what educational experience do you have?
  • do you have any relevant work experience?
  • have you completed any extracurricular and voluntary activities relevant to the programme?
  • what are your career aspirations?

Some programmes request that you supply programme-specific information in your personal statement. To check if this is relevant to your programme please consult the relevant programme in the Graduate Prospectus.

Your personal statement should be no longer than two sides of A4 paper.

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