What do I include in my Personal Statement for UK University?

Your career aspirations
How you became interested in studying the subject
What, if any, relevant work experience you have undertaken that is related to the course or subject
What aspects of your previous education you have found the most interesting
What attracted you to the particular university
Other relevant academic interests and passions which display positive character and personality
Genuine experiences of extra-curricular clubs, work experience or knowledge around a subject are much more likely to make your personal statement stand out, while admissions officers are also for looking for positive evidence of your character which will make you a productive member of the university.


How long should my UK Personal Statement be?

The length of a personal statement varies depending on the university, but generally the average length for an undergraduate application is between 400-600 words, around one side of A4 paper or a maximum of 47 lines. Certain postgraduate programmes may require a 1000 word personal statement, but this will be clearly specified.

Try not to go over the given character limit as admissions officers have many personal statements to go through, and a clearly written and concise personal statement is more likely to stand out. WRITING PERSONAL STATEMENT FOR UK UNIVERSITY IN 2022


What are common Personal Statement errors?


The personal statement is too short/long
The personal statement does not include important information/includes negative information
The personal statement has a confusing structure
It is also important to not lie about any aspect of your personal life and education history, or even exaggerate. Admissions officers will question you about almost all aspects of your application and will be able to see through any lies.


 Tips on writing UK University Personal Statement

  • Express a passion for your subject
    Start the statement strongly to grab an admission officers attention
    Link outside interests and passions to your course
    Be honest, but don’t include negative information
    Don’t attempt to sound too clever
    Don’t leave it the last minute, prepare ahead of the deadline
    Have friends and family proofread it
    Don’t duplicate material from your CV/resume
  • In terms of presentation, attempt to create five clear paragraphs of text in a clear font such as Arial or Times New Roman, with a maximum size of 12. WRITING PERSONAL STATEMENT FOR UK UNIVERSITY IN 2022

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