Personal statements - hints and tips

Your personal statement is just that - a personal statement. Nobody can tell you what to write. However, the statement gives you the opportunity to tell us why we should select you as a student.

It is helpful to include information about the following areas:

  • Reasons for your choice of course - if you have chosen a combined honours course, try to mention the ways in which you have made links between the subjects and why this particular combination appeals to you
  • Information about your current studies - avoid listing the subjects you are studying, as we already have that information in another section of the UCAS form. Instead, tell us what you particularly enjoy about these subjects and the reasons why you have chosen to study them, focusing on the subject(s) that you wish to take further
  • Other positions of responsibility you may have taken on at school/college in addition to your academic programme of study
  • Your interests outside of academia, some information about you as a person and the reasons why you would like to study at undergraduate level.

Other tips that you may find helpful:

  • Use quotations sparingly. There's no harm in including a quotation if you feel that it adds to your statement. However, we want to know about you and why you want to study your chosen course, not what other people have said about it
  • Proof-read your statement carefully
  • If you have applied for deferred entry, tell us about your plans for your gap year and the reasons why you have chosen to defer your entry.

Please remember that all personal statements are automatically run through 'similarity detection' software at UCAS. This compares your personal statement with every other statement that has ever been submitted through UCAS. Please note, it takes into account if you have re-applied and used the same statement.

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