This sample SOP is for applying to a master's program in Economics in the UK.
Statement of Purpose - Economics
I am applying to your MSc Economics program for fall 20XX intake. With my background of academic and professional experiences, I am confident that I have what it takes to stand out and excel in your program.
My interest in economics can be traced back to the influence of my grandfather, who has owned a shop since the 1940s. As a child, I often visited him and enjoyed helping in his shop. I saw how he decided what products to stock, how he satisfied customers, and how he negotiated prices to remain competitive. When studying economics in school, I was able to relate the concepts and theories I learned to their practical, real-life implications in my grandfather’s shop. As I ventured further into this field, I grew interested in how these concepts apply not only to small or large firms but also to entire nations and the global economy. Later, majoring in Economics at Goodwell University, I grew interested in how these concepts apply not only to small or large firms, but also to entire nations and the global economy.
Upon graduating from the university, I joined a transport organization, where I was able to apply what I had learned as an undergraduate. As a Trainer in the Shipping Division, I undertook various cost control measures to improve productivity and ensured that the safety guidelines were met. In the process, I got hands-on experience and learned about how a large-scale firm such as this manages its economic affairs. This has been a very instructive experience for me, as I have learned to adapt to a professional environment and have seen that, through hard work, I am capable of achieving any goal that I set for myself.
In my personal as well as professional affairs, I am driven by a belief in the importance of generosity and giving back to one’s community. I believe that the true meaning of life lies in giving happiness to others while following your own ambitions at the same time. In keeping with this spirit, I have recently begun devoting my free time to volunteering in the National Association of the Deaf, where I tutor students and work to raise awareness and funds. This experience has also influenced my career goals, as I hope to venture into teaching and have a positive impact on young minds. I am convinced that the subject of economics is relevant to virtually every aspect of people’s lives; this is evidenced by the work of Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, who has proven that economists have the power to affect meaningful change in their communities. I therefore view a profession in economics as a very meaningful and inspiring career.
Although the education I have received thus far has been top notch, I am determined to study abroad for my master’s degree, for a number of reasons. The UK has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in terms of its advanced academic programs, especially in economics, and it is an important leader in the global economy. It Is vital that I gain international experience and familiarize myself with different cultures at this stage in my career, and the diverse environment of your school is therefore ideal for me. Perhaps most importantly, I know that I need to challenge myself if I am to continue progressing and reach my full potential in this field. I am therefore committed to joining your challenging and renowned program, putting forth all of my effort to not only receive the best education possible but also contribute to your dynamic and diverse academic environment.