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Tips for Writing a Personal Statement

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Making a good first impression when applying for a place at university is critical. That

is why it is so important to take time to prepare and write your personal statement.

★ Research the university system of the country to which you are applying

Each country has its own system. Use their websites for guidance. For example in the UK, the system is organised by UCAS.

★ Research your subject

When researching specific courses, look at the course content. See what they have in common (eg modules, key skills required, modes of assessment) and highlight these in your statement. Make connections to what you have been studying and/or what interests you particularly. Universities like to see that you have done your research.

★ What do I write in my personal statement?

  1. Introduction Why you want to study this course or subject at university. Try to communicate your passion for the subject. Remember, if you are applying to the UK, your personal statement is seen by all your UCAS choices; so don’t make references to a specific institution.

  2. Academics Specifically subjects you’ve studied that are relevant to the course/subject you’re applying to, including specific topics or work. This section should make up the majority of your personal statement – around 75% according to some careers experts – but this might vary depending on where/what