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Writing a Personal Statement

  • FAQs

    • How do I write a Personal Statement?

      The Personal Statement is a key part of the application for the Transdisciplinary (TD) DProf / MProf Programme and is used to highlight your personal experience, skills, academic achievements and other supporting factors.

    • How long should my Statement be?

      It can be up to 2000 words.

    • What should I include in my Personal Statement?

      You should provide a reflective account on the following:

      1. The reasons why are you applying for a professional doctorate programme and why now?
      2. An account of your professional trajectory and current position
      3. What particular areas of your professional practice / organisation / community of practice are you interested in researching?
      4. What previous academic and practical experience have you gained which demonstrates your interest in your chosen subject?
      5. Membership of professional bodies
      6. What kind of impact and / or outcome do your envisage your professional doctorate to have?
    • How should I structure my Personal Statement?

      Your statement should include the following:

      1. Introduction
        A good introduction will capture the reviewer's interest by outlining your research interests and overall aims of the project
      2. Main Body
        Use this section to inform the reviewer how your skills, knowledge and experience in the field related to the topic of research you are interested in
      3. Summary
        A concise paragraph summarising the overall aims, objectives and possible outcomes of your research project
    • Are there any other formatting or presentation requirements I should be aware of?
      Your Personal Statement should:
      1. not exceed 2000 words in length
      2. use Arial font, size 11
      3. include clear headings and sub headings
      4. have correct grammar and spelling throughout
      5. be referenced fully
      6. be proof read before submitting

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