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Guide to writing your personal statement

What is a personal statement?

Your personal statement is an important part of your postgraduate application. This is your chance to engage the Admissions Tutors and demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for your chosen subject.

The word limit is usually between 500 - 1000 words. It must be in English and in your own words.

Some departments such as WBS and WMG have particular requirements for what they want you to write about in your personal statement. Please make sure you visit the course pages on your department's website to check for any additional requirements.

What should you write about?

We want to know what drives you, why you want to study here, and why the course at Warwick is the one for you. Your personal statement should explore three main questions:

Why are you interested in the course?

What are your reasons for choosing this specific course? Why do you want to undertake postgraduate study at this point in your academic or professional career?

How are you qualified for the course?

This may be about your prior work experience or evidence of research or reading in the subject area. Your personal and academic skills, achievements and how they relate to the course are also good stories to tell.

How will the course benefit your future career plans?

What are your goals? What skills do you want to develop? How would this course prepare you for the future you envision for yourself?

Try to avoid vague statements such as 'I have always wanted to go to your University because I have a passion for study' or 'I want a better job'.

You don't need to repeat information you have already given us. For example, we already know the details of your undergraduate degree from your transcripts. Likewise, you can include information about your employment, hobbies and voluntary work, but you need to explain how they are related to the course you are applying for.

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Make sure your personal statement has a clear introduction (beginning), body (middle), and conclusion (the end). Check your grammar and spelling, and keep your sentences short and concise.

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