How to write a great personal statement

Applying for a new course is exciting, but when it comes to writing your personal statement that excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. Although writing your personal statement may seem daunting at first, it’s a lot easier than you may think. Here are the top tips on writing an effective personal statement from our Head of Admissions Lynsey.

What is a personal statement?

A personal statement is a part of your application that allows us to get an insight into you as an individual. It’s your chance to demonstrate why you are right for the course, and why we should choose you over another candidate. 

What should I include in my personal statement?

There’s no set format that your personal statement should follow, it’s personal so it really is up to you. But below are a few pointers to help you get started: 

  1. Every applicant will have a certain level of qualifications, but your work experience and career plans is what will set you apart when competing for a place on your chosen course – this is your chance to stand out.
  2. Another thing to discuss in your personal statement is why you would like to study the course. What is it about this course that interests you, and is there a particular module that excites you?
  3. Then you can move on to demonstrate how studying the course will benefit you. Here you can discuss your future career aspirations. Are you looking at specialising in this area in particular? Are you applying for a promotion in work that you need a higher qualification to reach? Tell us how you think the course will help you reach these goals.
  4. Finally you can tell us anything else about yourself that you think might support your application. For example if you have undertaken any CPD in this area, if you like to keep up with the latest trends and developments, or if you have any professors in the field who have inspired you. We’d love to hear more about you and your story. Your personal statement doesn’t need to be war and peace, the University just needs to find out a little bit more about you. If you’ve read this and you’re still struggling or have questions you can’t answer then our admissions team will be more than happy to help.