Personal statements

A personal statement can be included as part of your application. For some courses it forms a part of the assessment process.

Unless stated otherwise, your personal statement should be between 500 and 1,000 words. It must be in English, and be your own work. You should tell us:

  • why you're interested in and suitable for the course
  • outline your relevant background experience
  • how this course will benefit your career plans.

Departmental requirements

Details of what to include in your personal statement will be provided during the application process. To help you to prepare before you apply, you can find out about course-specific requirements below. The course pages will also give you some ideas about what to include in your statement.

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Outline the reasons why you are suited or well-qualified for this course, your motivation for applying and how you will benefit from the course. You should also add any other information that you feel will help us to assess your application.

Write one to two pages about your background, why you are interested in the course you are applying to, any relevant experience you have and any other information you feel is relevant to your application.

It is essential that you include substantial detail of your interest in the research area you are applying to work in.

Your statement should be about 500 words and tell us about your academic interests and your reasons for applying to this course.

We're keen to hear about your academic and other experience, which may or may not include previous study of the history of art. Please explain your interest in the subject, which may include approaches as well as periods or artists.

Explain what has attracted you to the programme at York and what you would like to do here. If you wish to apply for a funding scholarship please tell us your cohort position for each previous degree, based on your final award mark, for example 2nd in a cohort of 50 undergraduates; 1st in a cohort of 30 postgraduates.

 

Provide a brief summary outlining your reasons for choosing this course.

MA in Linguistics (by research)

Provide a 250 to 300 word statement explaining your interest in this course. You should include clear information about how much (if any) linguistics you have previously studied. Applicants for specialist programmes should explain why they have chosen this programme, and why they believe that their background is suitable.

All other Research Programmes

Provide a 250-300 word statement explaining your particular interest in this programme, detailing what relevant prior training you have had, and setting out what you hope to gain from admission to an interdisciplinary programme.

A personal statement of no more than 500 words should be submitted, explaining why you want to study for this programme at York.

Indicate which subject area you are researching i.e HRM, Operations, Accounting and Finance, Marketing, International Business, Organisation Behaviour. Where possible, you should also indicate a preferred supervisor. To do this, read the profiles of our academics at The York Management School.

Your personal statement should demonstrate your motivation for undertaking the programme at Hull York Medical School. You should provide information about your academic or clinical background and your current clinical role if applicable.

As you are applying for a research degree you may wish to demonstrate your academic or clinical background and experience and motivation for your specific research topic.

Your personal statement should be as specific as possible, telling us for example:

  • what engages you academically about the middle ages
  • what are the main questions or scholars that inspire you
  • You might also draw our attention to anything else that might demonstrate your commitment to study (work experience, relevant extracurricular activities) and any additional skills or abilities (for example, language skills)

Explain why you're applying to the School of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at York.

PhD Physics
MSc in Physics

Outline the reasons why you are suited or well-qualified for this course, your motivation for applying, how you will benefit from the course and what you hope to bring to the research group. If you're applying to a research degree it is essential that you include substantial detail of your interest in the research area you are applying to work in. You should also add any other information that you feel will help us to assess your application.

The statement should be 500 – 1000 words in length, in English, and be your own words.

PhD in Plasma Science and Fusion Energy

Outline the reasons why you are suited or well-qualified for this course, your motivation for applying, how you will benefit from the course and what you hope to bring to the Fusion Centre for Doctoral Training. You should include details of your interest in fusion research. You should also add any other information that you feel will help us to assess your application.

The statement should be no more than 500 words, in English, and be your own words.

Your personal statement must demonstrate your enthusiasm for the course you're applying to. For example, you might explain your intellectual passion for the subject, or show your interest through discussing practical or work experience you may have gained.

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Postgraduate Admissions
pg-admissions@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 322142

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