Study plan essay for Chevening scholarship is a challenging one because you have to conduct rigorous research. All of the study plan essays from those who managed to get to the interview stage are deep and shows how well the applicants understand their choice of programmes. On the other hand, those who failed to pass the interview stage typically wrote their judgement of university choices poorly. Instead of explaining, they only describe on the surface.
Two Ways of Writing Study Plan Essay
From my experience of helping many people, I usually give them two options for writing a study plan essay. The first one only spends one paragraph explaining their background and vision and spends the rest explaining each of the programmes they choose. The second one is to spend about two paragraphs explaining the problem background they want to solve and the knowledge gap they have to provide the solution.
The first option will give more room for the applicants to write more about the programme of their choice. The second one will leave a little room to explain the programme of their choice in detail, so the applicants have to have the ability to write in a very comprehensive yet concise way of why the problem is crucial and urgent to be solved.
My suggestion will be to use the first method, and applicants can explain the problem background and statement on the career essay.
What to Write on Each of The Paragraf
If you choose the first method, in the opening paragraph, I would like to suggest you write about your current activities, your educational background, and what vision do you have so that you need to study higher in the UK. Three to five sentences is enough. Meanwhile, suppose you choose the second method. In that case, you need to explain the current situation of your preferred field, how different it is from the ideal condition, why the problem hasn’t been solved, what kind of solution you want to provide, and how you petition yourself or your vision statement. Support it with data. Then explain the knowledge and skill gap you found in yourself so that you need to study higher.
For the following three paragraphs, explain each of the programmes you have chosen. What to explain? You can select two or three from the points below for each programme:
1. Two up to three core modules.
2. Up to two elective modules.
3. The professor or lecturer you want to learn from the most.
4. The research that has been produced that is related to your problem of interest.
5. Recourses outside academics such as affiliation with other institutions, certification, becoming a member of an organisation.
How many points you can add will be depended on how many words you have.
The next question is how to justify your programme preference through the modules? Write how a certain module will give you knowledge or skills and what is the benefit for you to cover the gap you have. You can also explain how the particular knowledge will be useful to be applied in your country.
Do Secondary and Primary Research
I know that most of you only read about the programmes you are looking for online, particularly on the university website. But if you want to be ahead of your competitors, do more. Do primary research by contacting the admission, the programme director, current student, and alumni. Send them an email or a message on their LinkedIn profile. Introduce yourself nicely and ask whether they want to answer your questions. When I did this in the past, they were really helpful.
Meanwhile, for your secondary research, please read the website carefully. Please read all the modules, the outcome of the modules and the assessment they will conduct. I often found that applicants only read the overview of the module so that they didn’t grasp the in-depth knowledge they needed to create a comprehensive essay.
I know that many people will write about the ranking of the programme according to QS or THE or other education ranking institution. But in my belief, this is not important for Chevening as they want the scholars to study in all the UK universities. So, leave it. Use the words to explain more substantial reasons, as I mentioned above.
Please don’t write the reason for your choices because it is located in a beautiful city. Writing about the beautiful location is academically irrelevant unless you are studying architecture or something related to the city. You can use location as a reason if, for instance, the city is known for a specific field. You can say you choose London because this is the media or startup hub in the UK. Or you can say you choose Aberdeen because it has been known for its new energy development.
I have also seen an essay where the writer wrote that he chose the university because Coldplay studied there. Please don’t do this unless the programme has a direct correlation with the masterpiece they have created. In a nutshell, all are supposed to be academic or professional reasons.
In the closing paragraph, write a sharp and straightforward statement. You can conclude why studying one of those programmes can help you achieve your goals or actualise your vision.
Last but not least, please do not copy-paste information from the website as this will be considered plagiarism. Please, paraphrase. I heard that plagiarism could be found the most in this essay.