"This is your chance!" MSc application tips from current students

11 April 2024

Current MSc students, Dhananjay and Wennie, take us through their top tips when it comes to your application to join WBS.

Research, research, research

Dhananjay: Before you even begin the application process, it’s crucial to invest time in researching various MSc courses that align with your academic interests and career goals. Consider factors such as curriculum content, faculty expertise, research facilities, and employment outcomes.

Wennie: Go the extra mile in researching courses, lecturers, campus activities, and facilities for a well-rounded academic experience. Look into course rankings and admission requirements to prepare for application and improve acceptance prospects.

You can always contact the admissions team if you have further questions or need clarification on any information.

Dhananjay: Each course may have its own set of requirements, including specific academic qualifications, work experience, and standardised test scores (like the GRE or GMAT). Make sure you understand these requirements well in advance to give yourself ample time to prepare. Missing a crucial requirement can lead to an automatic rejection, so pay careful attention to detail.

Wennie: Consider the purpose of undertaking this course, and how it aligns with your future career aspirations. Once you've identified your motivations, they will provide the foundation for navigating through all stages of the MSc application process and will help you communicate your passion and commitment to the admissions committee.

Finetune your application

Wennie: When writing your personal statement, aim for authenticity. Highlight your relevant experiences to strengthen and support your application. A well-crafted personal statement can effectively showcase your skills, passion, and interests to persuade the admission team that you are the ideal candidate.

Dhananjay: This is your chance to speak directly to the WBS admissions committee. It should articulate your interest in the field, your academic and professional background, and how the course fits into your career aspirations.

Be genuine – articulate your passion for the subject, and demonstrate how your experiences have prepared you for graduate study. Remember, the goal is not just to meet the minimum requirements, but to stand out as a candidate who will contribute significantly to the course and benefit immensely from it.

Wennie: A recommendation letter is a crucial component of the campus admission process. You may obtain it from a previous employer (if you have been out of school for some time) or request one from a professor who knows you well personally. It may be in document form or completed via a link the admission team provides.

Dhananjay: Letters of recommendation are vital, as they provide an external perspective on your academic ability and character. Choose referees who know you well, and can speak to your qualifications and potential for success on an MSc course. Provide them with a copy of your CV, personal statement, and any other relevant information to help them write a detailed and supportive letter.

Closing statements

Dhananjay: Proofread your application multiple times to avoid grammatical errors and ensure all documents are correctly formatted. Adherence to details can reflect your professionalism and seriousness about your application.

Wennie: If it isn’t your first language, improving your English is crucial, as this makes for a greater experience and learning journey. But don’t worry if you’re not 100% confident – WBS professors and support staff are great communicators, and will offer you their patience and support.  

Once all requirements are met, don't hesitate to submit your application early – places are often limited and competitive. Best of luck!


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