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How to write your personal statement

Follow our advice to make your personal statement stand out

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We've got tips and advice to help you write the perfect personal statement.

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Why do you want to study your course?

  • Write about your motivation for picking your subject.
  • How does studying your course fit into your future ambitions and career goals?
  • Give real examples that show you understand what studying your course is all about.

What inspires you?

  • Explain what topics related to your course interest you.
  • Discuss key events, discoveries, historical figures, writers and more who are related to your course and subject.

Make it relevant and specific

  • Remember to relate your skills and knowledge to your chosen subject.
  • Write about what you can bring to your course and to you university.
  • Always give examples to explain your points.

What experience do you have?

  • Describe what you've done - both in and out of school, college and in your work experience - that relates to your subject and your future career plans.
  • Give specific examples to show what you found challenging or insightful.

Take care with your writing

  • Write in your own voice. Make sure you sound like yourself!
  • Remember to use paragraphs. Always start a new paragraph for a new topic.
  • Check your grammar and spelling and then ask somebody else to check it too.

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