Statement of purpose (SOP) for Project Management

Statement of purpose (SOP) for Project Management

Suman PoudelTue Sep 07 2021

It doesn't matter which country you choose to apply for your student visa, that could be the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or any other country, SOP is a mandatory application requirement.

A well-crafted comprehensive SOP plays a significant role in a successful study visa application for any country. This guide presents to you a Statement of Purpose (SOP) sample for students who are looking to enroll into Master of Project Management.

If you are having a hard time figuring out the statement of purpose for your study abroad process, do check out this SOP guide.

These are the quick tips you need to follow while composing your SOP for Project Management:

  • Clearly mention when you developed a passion for your intended course.
  • Present your independent research and reasons behind choosing the course, country and the university.
  • Mention your academic achievements. Also, do not forget to write about your projects, research papers and experiences.
  • Assert your career plans and how the chosen degree will help you in achieving them.
  • Talk about your goals based on your home country.

Statement of purpose (SOP) for Master of Project Management

I am [name of the applicant], a 23 years old graduate from Vietnam. I am a permanent resident of 112233 Le Thi Bach Cat, Ho chi Minh City, Vietnam. I live with my family which consists of my mother, father and my elder brother and sister. Regarding my academic achievements, I completed my Bachelor of Construction Economics from [name of the university] in January 2021. After completion of my course, I got a job offer from [name of the company] in February and I have been working there as a project head. Currently my task is to plan the entire housing colony. It is not because of any drawbacks about my job but because of my learning desire, I have planned my Master’s degree. After working nearly a year, I felt that I should learn more skills and more theoretical knowledge to remain at the top of my career.

To achieve my goal, I first prepared for IELTS from an online platform. When I began to get a good band score during the mock tests, without a second thought I booked a test date and secured an overall of 6.5 (Listening- 7.0, Speaking- 7.0, Reading- 6.5, and Writing-6.0).

After my decision to study abroad, I started to search for my desired course in various universities in different corners of the world. During my research, I found out about Australia, the USA, the UK and Denmark as the best academic destinations in the world. I did not choose Denmark and Canada because of the language barrier and extreme cold weather conditions. Less safe cities in the USA discouraged me to apply there. Alternatively, the UK is on the top of the list of world best countries to pursue education. The tuition fees are comparatively lower in the UK than in any one of those countries. So, it wasn't a hard decision for me to choose the UK as my destination to continue my education. There are around 130 universities in the UK counting all four countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). And out of those universities, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge are in the top positions in the World University Rankings 2019 published by the Times Higher Education. Students from over 200 different countries choose to study in the UK due to its affordability and high standards of education, which is one of the reasons for me choosing the UK. I can observe that the education system in the UK is more progressive and systematic. With their scientific-based courses and expert professionals as tutors, they enable learners to become creative and practically capable. The UK is the home for many big industries and research centers which helps a student to learn about the dynamics of various fields. Furthermore, the UK government offers a PSW (post study work) program which will be very helpful for me because I will get a chance to learn new techniques, skills and to get experiences in my related field. The UK is also one of the safest destinations for International students to study and to live in as well, where students from different parts of the world come to pursue their education.

This Project Management degree course also has the option of a 1-year industry placement. A project management industrial placement will give us the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in a real-world environment, while completing an applied research project. This will give an advantage over the competition for jobs and scholarships after graduation and could be a good starting point for setting up our own consultancy business. This course is designed to address the growing complexity of projects and incorporates key tools and techniques. We will gain an understanding of the core competencies required to drive a successful conclusion, as well as an appreciation of using a more holistic, international and ethical stakeholder project management approach. This Project Management course will support our career progression by developing critical thinking and research skills to enhance our business knowledge and understanding. This will further teach us the theory of effective practice and equip us with the essential skills, confidence and competence to assist you when you venture into our chosen industry. We will learn to think laterally, challenge convention and offer knowledge-based solutions to business issues, which is an advantage that will set us apart from peers and colleagues in the business environment. This course explores project management through a series of progressive modules, developing our knowledge from the fundamentals, through to modules addressing risk, resilience and contingency planning. We will also explore key issues facing project managers such as project finance and procurement, managing project teams, critical perspectives and social impact and responsibility.

After a lot of research, I found that [name of chosen college] will fit me best and I am willing to pursue my course with one year of industry placement from the very University which has international recognition. I got highly impressed by the website itself and I have also watched a lot of testimonials which seems and sounds very promising. With 171 years of teaching people from different corners of the world in the heart of London, the university holds the reputation of providing qualitative and world renowned education. They hold the Community Enterprise Gold Mark in recognition of the responsible way they do business. This university is among the top 15 universities in the country for teaching quality according to the Sunday Times. The university focuses on practical learning including field trips, projects, group activities and case studies. Furthermore, the university consists of a global family with a network of over 23,000 alumni from across the world. According to the survey by NSS (National Student Survey), one of the biggest student surveys in the world carried out by the Office for Students on behalf of the UK funding and regulatory bodies, [name of chosen college] is now [ranking] Higher Education Institutions in England for overall student satisfaction. Moreover, the university has been named as the fastest rising university in the North for the second year running as it has been placed in.... position, showing a rise of 21 places, in the 2020 league table for Teaching Quality. Moreover, the course content is perfectly designed to provide practical exposure to the students along with theoretical knowledge which makes the university more appealing.

I found out that my country basically provides theoretical based studies due to which students tend to be deprived of many opportunities and skills. The education system in Vietnam is still based on traditional ways and we still have outdated teaching and learning methods lacking modernization, innovation and creativity. The courses over here are mainly focused on providing theoretical education and the students get a very low amount of practical exposure. Hence, the graduates from my home country lack the skills and experience to apply their knowledge in real life situations and as a result find it difficult to get relevant jobs. When it comes to education I do not want to take a risk so I finally decided to study overseas.

I am a believer that Education is the most important thing. The Master of Project Management program which I have chosen has 1 year of industry placement which will help me to learn to the fullest. As I was always keen to know the work ethics and the way people work in a real work environment and with this program I will get an opportunity to live and practice the work life. After the completion of studies, I will be eligible to apply for a Post Study Work (PSW) Visa. During the time of PSW, I will try my best to invest all my learning and to be productive to its peak. In Vietnam, there is a need for qualified project managers, so I will use my professional skills, knowledge and the exposures for the development of project management fields in my community and the whole nation. After graduating from [name of chosen college], I plan on returning to Vietnam and initially work in the [few names of the top ranked employment providers of Vietnam] as they are the best growing industry at present and the career growth here is also very bright. Similarly, I am hoping that I would be able to compete in the international market and get opportunities to work with Multinational Companies. 

Yours Sincerely,

[Name of the applicant]

[E-mail Address]

[Contact number]

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