If you’re applying to a higher education course, you’ll most likely be asked to submit a personal statement as part of your application. The purpose of a personal statement is to outline why you’re interested in the course you’re applying for, why you’d be a good choice of student for the university, and how the course will help you to develop towards your chosen career.
When it comes to writing your personal statement, it can be difficult to organise your thoughts and work out exactly what it is you’re wanting to say. That’s why we’ve put together a series of prompts to help you gather your ideas.
If you’re struggling to get started, try using a few questions from each section below to help you find your words. Then, you can edit and tweak your personal statement from there. Remember, try to keep your personal statement down to no more than 1 page in length. It’s better to have fewer, really well-explained points than trying to say too much.
Section 1: What course you are applying for and why
What is the title of your course and the name of the institution you are applying to?
What first attracted you to this course?
Are there modules or specialisms that you are particularly drawn to? Do you have a future career in mind?
Are there academics at the institution who inspire you? Have you read any of their work?
Does the institution you’re applying to have good facilities to meet your study requirements?
Section 2: More about your ability to complete the course
How will course content build on academic or professional experience you already have?
What skills do you have that would be useful for completing the course?
What specific modules are you interested in and how will they help you to develop?
Are there certain subjects that you hope to specialise in? Why? How did you first come across these interests and how does the course touch upon them?
Section 3: What else can you bring to the institution?
What strengths can you add to the institution?
Does the institution have extracurricular or academic opportunities that suit your interests? E.g. conferences or clubs.
How will your involvement in university life benefit the institution?
Are there facilities or opportunities that will help you to develop externally of your course?
Are there any geographical benefits to choosing this institution?
Section 4: The future / closing statement
In one sentence, why would you like to be considered for a place on this course and at this institution?
Do you have a career path in mind?
How will you use your qualification to take your next steps? What particularly about this course will help you get there?