Read our guide on what it is, what to include, how to start, length and what makes a good personal statement. Once you've decided which universities and courses to apply for, completing your application is pretty simple — until it comes to how to write your UCAS personal statement. This guide covers everything you need to know about how to write a personal statement for university. We look at what it is and how you can start your personal statement. We've also got questions to guide you and a suggested personal statement structure you can use so you know what to put in it. If you'd like even more resources and support, you can sign up to access our personal statement hub.
Writing a postgraduate personal statement
Writing a UCAS Personal Statement
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Updated 26 January When applying for a PhD position, a personal statement is often required. This can be the case whether you are applying for an advertised PhD research project or with a personally devised project.
Forming a key part of your university application, you should use the UCAS personal statement to showcase how your skills, experience and aspirations are suited to the course. This is your opportunity to tell course tutors in your own words the reasons why you feel you'd be an asset to their university. However, you'll have to adhere to the UCAS guidelines as you endeavour to meet the course entry requirements.