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Postgraduate and Academic CVs

When should a CV be used?

Contents of a CV

A CV should normally be no longer than two sides of A4: some people prefer a one side CV, but this can sometimes be rather too cramped, especially for postgraduates.

See the example CVs to give you an idea of layout. There are many ways to set out a CV and you will find other examples in file 013 in the Careers Information Room and the booklet "How to Write a CV" which can be borrowed from the Careers and Employability Service against a returnable deposit.

Targeting your Application

Targeting your application demonstrates to the employer that you have thought about what you have to offer and why the job appeals to you. This is particularly important if you are applying for positions where your degree is not directly relevant to the work or where a postgraduate qualification is not actually specified.

Some Points to Consider

CVs for Academic Posts

An academic CV from a PhD student applying for research posts follows a different format from a normal CV and can be longer than the normal 2 sides. It might include:

 

One strategy is to produce a two side CV and then to put a synopsis of your research, conferences, publications and references on a third (and perhaps fourth) page.

Find out the research interests and papers published within the department you are applying to: this will help you to target your CV.

Get feedback and advice from your supervisor, who will have experience of academic CVs, and see below for examples

CVS for applications for a Master's Degree or PhD

An academic CV might sometimes be required if you are applying for a Master's degree or PhD. Here your work experience will be less important than your academic achievements. Normally these CVs will be chronological rather than skills-based.

Detail all the courses you have studied during your degree by year and give grades (if they are good!). Also give details of any projects, extended essays or dissertations you have done - especially if the subject area was related to the study area you are applying to. If you have any relevant interests, put them in. For example, if you are applying for a PhD in Space Science, mention that you are a member of the Astronomy Society and that you have your own telescope. Use headings to emphasise technical content e.g. "relevant work experience", "areas of scientific interest", "laboratory skills and techniques".

In your covering letter, say why you want to go to the particular university (for example - excellent reputation in that field of research) and try to show real enthusiasm for the subject you will be studying ( for example - evidence that you have read around the subject and know about recent developments).

Example applications from postgraduates:

Examples of PhD’s CVs for both academic and non-academic posts can be found at:

 

Applications for postgraduate study:

 

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