Personal Statement Examples

What is a personal statement?

The UCAS personal statement is an important piece of writing you need to put together for your UCAS application.

It is where students should sell themselves in order to try and secure a place at their chosen universities. This includes your strengths, achievements, interests and ambitions, and you need to convey why the university should choose you over other candidates.

Over 2,000 personal statement examples to help you with your UCAS application

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Personal Statements A-Z

Browse our statements below by subject, from A to Z. Please do not plagiarise phrases, sentences or whole paragraphs, as UCAS can detect this and will penalise your application.

Accounting and Finance

These two subjects lie at the heart of any business, and a degree in at least one of these will equip you with essential skills for life.

View 48 Accounting and Finance Personal Statements

Actuarial Science

To become a successful actuary you will need to use both mathematical and business skills to solve problems concerning financial risk and uncertainty.

View 13 Actuarial Science Personal Statements

American Studies

Learn more about American culture, society, history and politics with this specialised degree

View 4 American Studies Personal Statements

Anthropology

Study the evolution and history of humanity around the world.

View 24 Anthropology Personal Statements

Archaeology

Dig into the history of human activity.

View 22 Archaeology Personal Statements

Architecture

Understand the processes involved in the planning, designing and constructing of buildings and other structures.

View 35 Architecture Personal Statements

Art and Design

Pursue painting, pottery, textiles, sculpture and any other discipline that interests you in the world of art.

View 51 Art and Design Personal Statements

Biochemistry

Investigate biological processes at the molecular level.

View 17 Biochemistry Personal Statements

Bioengineering

Use traditional engineering techniques and apply them to real-world problems.

View 6 Bioengineering Personal Statements

Biology

Study a wide range of biological topics, and choose to specialise in microbiology, ecology, zoology, anatomy or any number of other areas.

View 84 Biology Personal Statements

Biomedical Science

Study and explore medically related subjects such as genetics, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience.

View 64 Biomedical Science Personal Statements

Biotechnology

Learn how to apply biological organisms, processes and systems to industrial tasks.

View 6 Biotechnology Personal Statements

Business and Management

Give yourself a solid grounding in key elements of business, including economics, marketing, accounting and more.

View 84 Business and Management Personal Statements

Business

Learn all the skills you need to be successful in the world of business.

View 112 Business Personal Statements

Chemistry

Gain a solid theoretical foundation and practical training in this fascinating arm of science.

View 33 Chemistry Personal Statements

Classics

Delve into the literature, history, philosophy and archaeology of the Greeks and Romans.

View 8 Classics Personal Statements

Computer Science

Combine analytical knowledge and technical skills to ready yourself for an in-demand career.

View 103 Computer Science Personal Statements

Computing and IT

Get ahead in IT by becoming an accomplished programmer, learning how computers work and expanding your Mathematics skills.

View 120 Computing and IT Personal Statements

Criminology

Study the science behind criminal behaviour, laws and justice.

View 39 Criminology Personal Statements

Dance

Explore the practice of dance and develop your performance, choreography and teaching skills

View 1 Dance Personal Statement

Dentistry

Study the latest approaches in dentistry, combined with practical clinical experience that will prepare you for your career.

View 13 Dentistry Personal Statements

Design

Apply your artistic skills in a commercial environment.

View 23 Design Personal Statements

Dietetics

Qualify as a dietician in the UK with this degree that explores the science of nutrition and how to communicate it to the wider world.

View 2 Dietetics Personal Statements

Drama

Combine theatre theory and practice to help you on your way to centre stage.

View 19 Drama Personal Statements

Economics

Learning the fundamentals of this subject will pave the way to many career options, including a data analyst, stockbroker, forensic accountant and external auditor.

View 151 Economics Personal Statements

Education

Explore how people develop and learn in their social and cultural contexts.

View 23 Education Personal Statements

Engineering

Solve 21st century challenges and real world problems using your creative mind.

View 179 Engineering Personal Statements

English

Improve your reading, creative writing and critical thinking with an English degree.

View 153 English Personal Statements

Environment

Explore different habitats, climates, formations and societies and how we can reduce the human impact on nature.

View 10 Environment Personal Statements

Environmental Science

Learn more about the science of the environment through collaborative research, expeditions and teaching partnerships.

View 12 Environmental Science Personal Statements

Event Management

This varied and exciting field will prepare you for a number of careers, including a hotel manager, charity fundraiser and a tourism officer.

View 4 Event Management Personal Statements

Fashion

Find out more about the fundamentals of fashion and find out more about how to research, design and develop clothing.

View 16 Fashion Personal Statements

Film

Discover the core skills required to become a screenwriter, director or critic.

View 23 Film Personal Statements

Finance

Equip yourself with the basic skills and techniques needed for a successful financial career.

View 57 Finance Personal Statements

Food Science and Catering

Discover more about travel, tourism, event management and food science in this exciting subject.

View 3 Food Science and Catering Personal Statements

Forensic Science

Study a wide range of subjects from chemistry and biology, to criminalistics and toxicology.

View 9 Forensic Science Personal Statements

Gap Year

Personal statements written by students taking a year out before university.

View 6 Gap Year Personal Statements

Geography

Study the earth’s physical structures and scientific processes to prepare yourself for a career in urban planning, environmental consultancy, conservation and many more.

View 59 Geography Personal Statements

Geology

Understand the evolution of the earth, how our planet works and what the future holds for us through both laboratory and field work.

View 13 Geology Personal Statements

Health Sciences

This subject provides a broad base of scientific knowledge and skills applicable to many occupations and potential career opportunities.

View 21 Health Sciences Personal Statements

History of Art

Increase your understanding of ancient and modern society and culture.

View 5 History of Art Personal Statements

History

Study the events and people from the past to better understand what our future could be like.

View 139 History Personal Statements

Hotel Management

Give yourself a solid foundation for many different career options in this exciting and thriving sector.

View 6 Hotel Management Personal Statements

International Relations

Understand how politics, history, geography, economics and law all require international co-operation to resolve global problems.

View 95 International Relations Personal Statements

International Student

Read personal statement examples written by international students.

View 22 International Student Personal Statements

International Studies

A subject that is applicable to a wide range of professions in the private and public sectors, including international agencies and government bodies.

View 10 International Studies Personal Statements

Islamic Studies

Study the foundation and development of Islamic knowledge from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective.

View 4 Islamic Studies Personal Statements

Japanese Studies

Explore Japan’s society, culture and language, with some universities offering the opportunity to spend a year abroad.

View 9 Japanese Studies Personal Statements

Journalism

Develop the full set of skills required for a career in journalism.

View 14 Journalism Personal Statements

Land Economy

This multi-disciplinary social science course focuses on the study of economics, business and law and their relationship to the environment around us.

View 1 Land Economy Personal Statement

Language

Set yourself on the path to an international career with a languages degree.

View 87 Language Personal Statements

Law

Develop a critical awareness of the common law legal tradition and apply problem-solving skills to a range of legal and non-legal settings.

View 164 Law Personal Statements

Linguistics

Learn the science behind languages, and how to understand and interpret language on a global scale.

View 18 Linguistics Personal Statements

Management

Gain a broad foundation in topics relating to business, finance, economics and marketing.

View 45 Management Personal Statements

Marketing

Give yourself the knowledge and skills you need to excel as a professional marketer.

View 23 Marketing Personal Statements

Mathematics

Take your understanding of the theories and concepts of mathematics to a higher level.

View 101 Mathematics Personal Statements

Mature Student

Read personal statement examples written by mature UCAS students.

View 14 Mature Student Personal Statements

Media

This degree is ideal if you want to pursue a career in PR, journalism, film, advertising or broadcasting.

View 43 Media Personal Statements

Medicine

Become a great doctor with one of the most rewarding degrees at a UK medical school.

View 102 Medicine Personal Statements

Midwifery

Gain the necessary skills and clinical experience to become a qualified midwife.

View 9 Midwifery Personal Statements

Music

Develop your ability to create new music by studying topics such as composition, performance and music theory.

View 24 Music Personal Statements

Music Technology

Prepare yourself for a career in the music and audio industry.

View 7 Music Technology Personal Statements

Natural Sciences

Focus on various perspectives of the natural world, including chemical, physical, mathematical and geological.

View 17 Natural Sciences Personal Statements

Neuroscience

Explore the workings of the human brain, from molecules to neural systems.

View 12 Neuroscience Personal Statements

Nursing

Qualify for a rewarding career as an adult, children’s or mental health nurse.

View 35 Nursing Personal Statements

Occupational Therapy

Learn the knowledge and skills to treat people with psychological, physical or social disabilities.

View 8 Occupational Therapy Personal Statements

Osteopathy

Learn the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to become a registered osteopath.

View 1 Osteopathy Personal Statement

Pharmacy

Apply for this course to successfully qualify as a registered pharmacist in the UK.

View 20 Pharmacy Personal Statements

Philosophy

Find out how to form and voice your own opinions, and how to analyse and communicate ideas clearly and logically.

View 85 Philosophy Personal Statements

Photography

A course combining academic study and hands-on practice to help you become a skilled photographer.

View 8 Photography Personal Statements

Physics

Learn about the fundamental building blocks and forces of nature and how physics helps us understand the world around us.

View 52 Physics Personal Statements

Physiology

Choose from a medical, human or general physiological science course.

View 3 Physiology Personal Statements

Physiotherapy

Learn the theoretical disciplines and gain the practical experience required to become a qualified physiotherapist.

View 5 Physiotherapy Personal Statements

Politics

Study how governments work, how public policies are made, international relations and other topics to open the door to a wide range of careers.

View 194 Politics Personal Statements

Postgraduate

Read example personal statements written by postgraduate students for their chosen universities.

View 41 Postgraduate Personal Statements

Psychology

Explore how our minds work and why we behave the way we do.

View 151 Psychology Personal Statements

Radiography

Help diagnose and treat illness by producing and interpreting medical images, or learn how to treat cancer patients with therapeutic radiography.

View 5 Radiography Personal Statements

Religious Studies

A creative discipline, vital to contemporary understandings of economy, art, politics, media culture and globalisation.

View 4 Religious Studies Personal Statements

Social Work

A popular degree course, with a practical focus, that allows you to develop your professional skills and knowledge as you study to become a qualified social worker.

View 25 Social Work Personal Statements

Sociology

Gain the knowledge and skills required to critically engage with issues facing society today.

View 66 Sociology Personal Statements

Sports & Leisure

Understand the value and purpose of sport in society, as well as the social, cultural and economic importance of sport and contemporary issues in sport and leisure.

View 13 Sports & Leisure Personal Statements

Sports Science

Learn about sports performance and the factors that affect behaviour in sport.

View 14 Sports Science Personal Statements

Surveying

Discover how to manage buildings by exploring topics such as project management, legal and technical advice, building reports, defect diagnosis and conservation.

View 2 Surveying Personal Statements

Teacher Training

Become a qualified teacher with this popular training course.

View 12 Teacher Training Personal Statements

Theology

Understand the different religious and spiritual perspectives in the contemporary world.

View 9 Theology Personal Statements

Travel and Tourism

Prepare for a career in one of the fastest growing industries with this vocational degree.

View 3 Travel and Tourism Personal Statements

Urban Planning

Gather the skills required to help you shape and design the world around us.

View 3 Urban Planning Personal Statements

Veterinary Science

Study the basic veterinary sciences first before learning to apply that knowledge to veterinary practice as a clinical student.

View 5 Veterinary Science Personal Statements

Zoology

Learn about all kinds of animals, including their anatomy, physiology, genetics, and their adaptations for survival and reproduction in different environments.

View 6 Zoology Personal Statements

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