How to Write a Personal Statement for a UK University?
Things to include
Why did you choose the particular subject?
What made you interested in the subject?
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 a good candidate for this course.
Mention the skills and qualities, they are look for.
Mention any activities or hobbies that show your interest towards the course.
Any professional training or achievements that demonstrate the skills required for this course.
  • 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.

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.


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.


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.
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 and Don’ts when writing a personal statement
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.
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.
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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