How to make this key part of your application for postgraduate study stand out
Before you begin
A personal statement is a requirement for a postgraduate taught course, a Professional doctorate and some other MPhil and PhD courses.
What you write helps us to get to know you. It's a chance to highlight your personal experience, skills, academic achievements and what makes you an excellent fit for your course.
Your statement is our first impression of you so it's important to get it right. We have compiled some tips and guidance to make sure that you showcase yourself in the best possible way.
How to structure your statement
Organise the information in your personal statement in the following way:
Introduction - capture the reviewer's interest by outlining your research interests and overall aims of the project.
Main body - inform the reviewer of how your skills, knowledge and experience in the field related to the topic of research you are interested in.
ummary - a concise paragraph covering the overall aims, objectives and possible outcomes of your research project.
Your personal statement should:
- not exceed 2000 words
- be written in Arial font, size 11
- include clear headings and sub headings
- have correct grammar and spelling throughout
- be referenced fully
- be proof read before submitting.