personal statements

What is a Personal Statement and how do I write one?

Written by Fiona Mazur – International Recruitment Officer

A Personal Statement is a brief statement given to the university to support your application. It gives you the ability to let the university know more about you and why you would make a good addition to their school. It helps to show your level of English. Universities want students who know what they want to study, why and what their plans are for the future. This is your chance to show why they should give you an offer.

How do I write a Personal Statement?


Well the first paragraph should be an introduction to who you are and why you would make a good student. Introduce yourself and state what it is you would like to study. Let them know what you have studied previously and where.

Main Body

Go into more detail about your past experience and education, relate this to why this makes you a good student. If you have only been in education then talk about the different subjects that you have learnt. If you have more experience of work than education then say why your experience of work means that you have more real world knowledge.

Talk about why you would like to study the subject. How long have you wanted to study the subject for? What are your plans for the future? Why would studying this subject help you to achieve this future? Why do you want to study in the UK? Why do you want to study at this university?


Sum up everything that you have already mentioned highlighting the best reasons why you believe they should give you an offer.

Sign off at the end saying: Kind regards, yours sincerely, many thanks.

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