SOP for MS in Computer Science in UK

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Srishti Chatterjee
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Updated on Jul 8, 2021 16:01 IST

A well-written Statement of Purpose (SOP) can make or break your chances of admission into your dream university. It is true that universities prefer a candidate with a strong academic profile. However, in some cases like MS in Computer Science, the admissions committee picks candidates that have relevant skills and experiences. The MS courses in the UK are usually of one-year duration, thus, candidates need to showcase a set of abilities that can prove an applicant is qualified and skilled enough to handle the rigours and complexity of a university curriculum. Thus, preparing an impactful SOP for MS Computer Science can help you prove your mettle.

Usually, top universities in the UK ask for an SOP, essay, or personal statement about your goals and motivation in 500 words. On the other hand, a few universities may require a one or two-page long SOP. Considering the word limit and instructions put forward by the university, you should draft the SOP accordingly. Here are some helpful tips to build a remarkable SOP:

  • Your SOP should be free from jargon and fancy language.
  • Plan and organize information about the subject you are targeting.
  • Focus on your past and present achievements.
  • Talk about your interest in the subject/field and what motivated you to take it up.
  • Give details of your projects related to the subject/field. Highlight your contribution and learnings from those projects. It will be a bonus to mention where you further used this knowledge.
  • Talk about your personal achievements in a way that reflects the skills and abilities required in your chosen field.
  • Mention internships, work experience, or other practical experiences that helped you gain expertise and essential know-how.
  • Explain your goals. Be specific about this part and do not just mention ‘work in top companies’ or ‘become an entrepreneur’. These are just general suggestions and convey nothing definite about your future goals. Thus, you need to detail your short-term and long-term goals and how studying at the university will help you achieve your plans.
  • Since you are applying for a master’s degree, concentrate on your undergraduate and professional learnings and achievements. Avoid mentioning anything in detail about your school life as the admissions committee is interest in your recent past.
  • You may also include any research or technical projects that you worked on. Ensure to highlight your learnings and the skills that you used during that project.
  • Keep a focus on the important aspects of your academic background and work experiences.
  • Give a detailed description of how you can contribute to the university and the department with your past experiences and future aspirations.

 

Your SOP is a very important part of your application kit. Do not underestimate its importance in tipping the scales towards successful chances of admission. Thus, for a successful SOP, you should avoid these:

  • Remember that the SOP is an official academic document, so avoid any SMS and slang words. Vocabulary and grammar are both of utmost importance.
  • Anything good or brilliant takes time. Rome was not built in a day and similarly, your SOP cannot be drafted and finalised in a day! Give it enough time. As a practice, you may draft 2-3 different sets of SOPs and get a general vote among friends and family as to what is more appealing.
  • You can definitely seek guidance from some online resources but do not chase professionals to ghostwrite it for you. Also, remember that plagiarism is big NO-NO! Universities take plagiarism quite seriously and some strict admissions committee may even blacklist your profile altogether. Thus, you would have no future chances of applying to that university indefinitely. On one hand, it is not ethical and on the other, you deny a sincere portrayal of yourself.
  • Another factor you should keep in mind while checking out SOP samples online is to not use the generic samples as your SOP. Your SOP should be about you, your motivations, experiences, goals, and so on. Take inspiration and yet retain your originality!
  • Make a mental note not to copy the CV or list your achievements or other things. It should not look like a replica of your CV/resume, rather a portrayal of your truest self.
  • Lastly, your SOP should be clear and coherent. Avoid providing any unnecessary details.

 

Here is a general SOP structure you can follow for your draft:

Introduction and Statement of Goals

Highlight your motivation to opt for higher studies and state your goal of studying the course at the university.

Academic Background

Give details of your bachelor’s education, projects, learnings, internships, etc.

Career Progression

Outline your work experience, knowledge and skill-set gained, how it matches with the course you are applying for.

Why this course and your goals

Why MS in CS? What would you gain from this course? How will help your goals? What are your short-term and long-term goals?

Why this university?

What attracted to you this university? Talk about the facilities, research work (if interested), the faculty, the university’s reputation, etc.

Conclusion

End with a strong conclusion.

 

Do note that it is not mandatory to follow this structure strictly. It is only to give you a general idea about what all parameters should be in a good SOP. You can shift paragraphs up or down as long as the draft has a good flow and a proper pattern. No information or paragraph should appear sudden or out of place.

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About the Author
Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert

Srishti has spent six years in the Education industry helping study abroad aspirants draft their application documents for their dream universities. Experienced in creating impressive SOP, LOR, and Essays, she knows... Read Full Bio

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