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Personal statement examples – how to write a personal statement

Take a look at these personal statement examples to guide you when writing yours, from talking about hobbies to finishing with a bang...

Your personal statement is one of the main things universities will look at when deciding whether to offer you a place. This is your chance to sell yourself and show them who you are beyond your grades.

We know this can be tricky to do, especially since it's unlikely you'll have written something like this before. So we asked careers expert Cerys Evans to share some personal statement examples to illustrate the tone, language, structure and content you should be aiming for.

But remember, these are just examples to guide you. Don't just copy and change the odd word. Universities take plagiarism seriously (and it's called a personal statement for a reason).

This feature gives examples of how to write:

  • an introduction to your personal statement
  • about your subject
  • about multiple subject courses, or when applying to a joint honours course
  • about your hobbies and your work experience
  • an ending to your personal statement.

Build your first draft the easy way: try our free personal statement builder tool

Personal statement examples – how to write a personal statement

Your introduction: personal statement example

Sometimes the hardest part is starting off! It can be difficult to know what to open with in your personal statement before getting to the meat of it.

Use the example of the beginning of a personal statement as inspiration to get your mind whirring about how you can start yours.

 Personal statement introduction example

Read our full guide to creating a killer opening or how to get started if you're still staring at a blank Word doc.

Watch now: How to write a Ucas personal statement


Writing about your subject: personal statement example

This should be at the heart of your personal statement. It's where you show your passion for the subject you want to study for three to four years, in depth. Make sure you spend some time on this section.

Personal statement subject example

It's a good idea to pull out similar threads from the different modules offered across all your Ucas course choices. Remember, you can find module or course information for different courses here on Which? University  simply search for a course here.  

Doing this will ensure your statement is relevant to every course you're applying for, even if they vary a little.

You can also read our degree subject guides, as well as our tips on tailoring your statement to different subjects.


Applying for multiple subjects or a joint honours course: personal statement example

With so many courses to choose from, it might be difficult to limit your Ucas choices to just one subject. Alternatively, you may be applying for a combined or joint honours course.

As above, make sure you look at common themes across the courses you’re applying for, or focus on the overall skills you need for all the subjects.

To guide you in finding the right balance, check out this example from a personal statement to study maths and philosophy:

multiple subjects personal statement example

Read our full guide to writing a personal statement that works for multiple courses.


Writing about your hobbies and work experience: personal statement example

It’s important to highlight any extracurricular activities you've gained over the past few years, whether it be hobbies or work experience, paid or unpaid. Pick out key skills, knowledge and lessons you’ve learned, and relate them back to your course choices and understanding of your subject. 

See an example of how hobbies and work experience can be woven into a personal statement:

Find out more about how to include hobbies and work experience in your personal statement


Your ending: personal statement example

It’s time for your statement's big finale, where you leave your lasting impression on the admissions tutor reading your statement.

Here, you might want to write about your hopes for the future or what you want to accomplish by studying this subject, as in the example below:

How to end your personal statement - how to approach it, plus what NOT to include here.


Haven’t started your personal statement yet?

Pull together a simple draft to work from with our personal statement builder, including tailored questions and hints for your subject.

And don't forget to browse our full personal statement advice area, including the most-googled statement struggles and what NOT to bother including.

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