Writing a personal statement for a UK university.

Things to include

When applying to a UK university, in almost every case you will need to provide a statement written by yourself, about you and why you wish to study your chosen subject and why are your selected UK university.

In most cases these can be quite simple and do not require too much effort. However, in the case of more completive UK degree courses, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Law or Finance, your personal statement could make all the difference in getting selected for university.

  • Why your chosen university subject?
  • What made you interested in the subject you have chosen?
  • Why are you so enthusiastic about this subject?
  • How do your previous studies support this course?
  • Previous experience in regards to jobs, placements, work experience or volunteering related to this particular course?
  • Mention what makes you their ideal candidate for this course.
  • Provide evidence that you have researched their university or course the skills and qualities, they are look for.
  • Suggest activities or hobbies you participate that show your interest towards the course.
  • Include professional training or that demonstrate relevant skills you have acquired.

Planning

  • As you will be using the same personal statement for all the universities you apply to, so do not mention the name of the university on your personal statement.
  • Make sure you check the university’s website to see what set of skills and qualities they would like you to have.
  • Make a plan, web diagram or list of all the important points you would like to mention in your personal statement.
  • Make a draft of your personal statement and pen your thoughts early.

Scripting

Introduction

Your introductory statement should be catchy which should interest the reader and encourage them to read further. A brief introduction about who are you and what course would you be applying to.

Structure Body

Include all the important points which are relevant to the criteria, university is looking for. Explain all about yourself and what interests you to join this course. What do you expect to achieve from this course.

Conclusion

Emphasize on your commitment towards the course. Mention again about the skills you are equipped with and your enthusiasm towards the subject that make you suitable for the university life. Also, talk about your future aims at the successful completion of the degree.

  • Remember to proof read it or ask a friend or a colleague to proof read it for you. Make sure your grammar, spelling and punctuation is all correct.
  • When drafting the personal statement make sure you have enough time to get feedback and redrafting before applying to a university.

Technicalities

Do not plagiarise the personal statement. It should be your own piece of writing that should explain your enthusiasm and interest towards a course. If you copy the personal statement, the university can detect it with the latest software which can jeopardise your application not only to that particular university but to other institutions as well in the UK. Use professional fonts and sizes such as Arial, Times New Roman and Font Size 12.

Your personal statement should not exceed the word limit of 4000 characters or 47 lines of text. This includes any blank lines and spaces.

Dos & Don't when writing a personal statement

DOS

  • Do proof-read and ask people of trust to provide feedback.
  • Do use proper English and re-check grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Do demonstrate that you are aware of your strengths and stage your ideas clearly. Use the vocabulary which will be understood by the reader of your personal statement.
  • Do show interest in the course, this might get you a place.

Dont's

  • Don’t procrastinate as you do not want your statement to look like it was a last minute job.
  • Don’t depend on the software for grammar and spell-check, proof read as many times as possible.
  • Don’t overstate as you might be penalised for lying.

Note

Allow enough time to prepare a good personal statement to represent you in front of the admissions officer in your absence.

The decision of whether you will secure a place at the university or not depends on your personal statement.

The personal statement is your way of communicating with the officer assessing your application.

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