Sample Admission Statement for the Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology

The MSc Degree Program in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at the XXXX University of Hong Kong is my first choice because I see it as the optimal springboard upon which to advance my career: becoming at once not only an engineering professional but also a fully-fledged research scientist. I seek a lifetime engagement with research in my field so I feel that I am a good fit with a rigorous program such as yours at XXXX.

After finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Soochow University last year, I decided to travel rather than starting work immediately, to see some of the world and expand my cultural and linguistic horizons. First, I went to Mount Jiuhua in search of inner peace, embracing great natural beauty while immersed in the Buddhist spirit. Looking back on my four years spent in college, I realized how much it has benefitted me intellectually and professionally; and this is especially true with respect to English, since all of my classes and group projects are in English. I especially enjoyed reading about materials and the big leap from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom in my textbook of physical chemistry. Ultimately this provided me with a unique way to understand the core of life, it has also served as tool to create exciting new materials for our planet. 

Last year, I defended my Bachelor’s Degree Thesis: “Synthesis of imidazo[1,2-a]pyridine derivatives and its fluorine-boron compounds” under supervision of Associate Professor XXXX. I decided to focus on the synthesis of another molecule which had not yet appeared in the literature, I encountered a big difficulty with the separation procedure, however, which resulted in very low yield of target product. Thus, I chose to try to synthesize some new fluorine-boron compounds based on present synthesis routes, also owing to my good practice of column chromatography in laboratory.   I got the target product with a yield up to 80%. My classes in instrumental analysis and NMR spectroscopy also helped me a lot with product analysis and characterization. A visit to the production line of special coatings and films at the Eastman factory in Suzhou also strengthened my enthusiasm for applying to graduate school and earning my Master’s Degree so as to realize my dreams for both the scientist and the engineer.

I want to create new materials to help us solve severe problems that threaten our health and the health of our environment. I want to learn the logistics that drive the science. I hope to use what I learn to reduce social inequality and protect our environment at the same time. I look forward to teaching, spending decades teaching at a university; at the same time that I stay fully immersed in R & D. I hope in this way to serve society and to leave the world a happier, healthier, and cleaner place than it was when I was born. This would be my ultimate success.

For me, material science and the spiritual world are mutually interactive and I seek to make them complimentary. An avid reader, I love reading Philosophers such as Plato, Arthur Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger. I have carefully read the text of the lecture “Science as a Vocation” by Max Weber several times and each time I read it my purpose in life becomes clearer; and I gain confidence in my capacity to ultimately contribute to making the world a better place to live.

I currently serve as an Assistant Editor for an international, scholarly, publishing company, I enjoy very much communicating with researchers from all over the world, constantly broadening my horizons in terms of scientific research, particularly with respect to material science and nanotechnology and their applications.

After finishing my Master’s Degree at XXXX University of Hong Kong, I look forward at some point to continuing on and earning the PHD. I live to learn and learn to live.

Thank you for considering my application.

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