Personal Statements for Further Study
A personal statement is your chance to explain your motivation for applying and why you are a great candidate for the course.
Guidelines given vary from the simple “Provide evidence in support of your application” to the more common “Tell us why you are interested in the course to which you have applied. Describe your academic interests and reasons for applying to XXX”. For some courses there may be a much more prescriptive and structured approach, requiring you to write a series of shorter responses to specific questions relating to your motivation, experience and suitability for the course. You may also come across some institutions that ask you to reflect on how you might add to the diversity of a cohort should your application be successful.
If you are applying to more than one university, each statement will need a different emphasis – do not use the same statement for all applications.
In your statement, you should demonstrate:
- Motivation, enthusiasm, and a clear understanding of why you are making the application to this particular course, and to this particular institution.
- How your academic background and other experiences have shaped your decision to apply and how the course contributes to your plans for the future.
- Evidence that you have the ability, experience, skills and motivation to successfully contribute to the course, and to complete it.