STEP 1) WHY THEM?
Begin your personal statement with the reasons why you have
chosen this particular course and university. Be enthusiastic!
•What are your academic interests?
•What are your ambitions (career goals)?
•Why have you chosen this department? (Don’t simply say that
the university has a good reputation – they know this already!)
•Which aspects of the course do you find most exciting?
A personal statement is a short piece of writing that is read by your chosen
postgraduate university. In it, you should demonstrate why you are the perfect
candidate. This is usually around 500 words in length – some universities set their own
limit so check the guidelines as specified on their website.
A postgraduate personal statement does not require the same autobiographical
information needed in a regular personal statement. Instead, you should focus on why
you want to study a specific course and how your skills would allow you to succeed.
Your personal statement must be tailored to the subject and should not be vague or
underdeveloped. Around the first half should talk about your academic interests and
skills whilst the second half should focus on the course.
STEP 2) SHOW THEM YOU’RE READY
Talk about how your past experience as an undergraduate or
professional has readied you for this moment.
•Did you write a dissertation on what you want to study now?
•Did your professional experience teach you something that
you want to develop further?
•Have you experienced a challenge that you wish to overcome?
(try positively talking about short-comings that you think might
otherwise damage your application)
STEP 3) YOUR SKILLSET
Highlight any relevant skills and qualifications that mean
that you will really impact the department and university.
•What are your core abilities? (IT, numeracy, organisation,
communication, time management and/or critical thinking)
• How do your grades reflect your calibre?
• Have you done any work experience that complements the
key areas of the course?
•Can you include any appropriate academic references or
STEP 4) FINISHING
If you have considered these
questions, then your personal
statement should nearly be
Make sure to read over it and
check for spelling and grammatical
mistakes. The best personal
statements will be clear, with short
concise sentences. It should
evidence your enthusiasm and
Type Of Service: Admission Paper
Type Of assignment: Personal statement
Number of sources: N/A
Academic Level: Postgraduate
Paper Format: N/A
Line Spacing: Double
Language style: UK English