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
  • about 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.

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.

Supply a personal statement of approximately 1,000 words which explains:

  • your interest in the course
  • how your previous studies or current interests intersect with the course
  • why you are attracted to an interdisciplinary course
  • what you expect to gain from the course.

Supply a personal statement of approximately 1,000 words which explains:

  • your interest in the course
  • how your previous studies or current interests relate to the course
  • why you are attracted to an interdisciplinary course
  • what you expect to gain from the course.

Provide brief details of why you are interested in the interdisciplinary study of the Renaissance and Early Modern period, and of your aspirations following the degree.

You may wish to comment on the range of modules you're interested in, and/or on prospective dissertation topics and supervisors, though this is not compulsory. You should also give details of any relevant experience beyond your academic career.

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.

Write a short statement detailing your motivations for studying the course, your previous experience in this area, and how you meet the entry requirements.

Course specific requirements

  • PG Dip/ PG Cert / MSc System Safety Engineering with Automotive Applications
  • PG Cert in System Safety Engineering
  • PG Dip / MSc in Safety Critical Systems Engineering

These courses are intended for students with considerable practical engineering in an industrial setting. Please highlight these elements of your experience in your personal statement.

MSc in Psychology in Education

Please enclose a personal statement with your application. This should be between 300 and 400 words in length, and cover:

  • How the course you have applied for suits your needs and your academic interests
  • How it fits into your future plans
  • Details of relevant work or voluntary experience.

MA in Social Justice and Education

Your personal statement should be between 300 and 400 words in length, and cover:

  • Relevant details of your academic and education background
  • Details of relevant activities you have undertaken, like designing teaching materials, or organising short courses
  • How the course you have applied for suits your needs and what attracts you to it
  • How it fits into your future plans.

All other MA courses

Your statement should be 300 to 400 words and tell us about your academic interests and your reasons for applying to the course.

Please include any additional information about your academic background, work experience and why you are applying to study for this course.

Supply a personal statement of approximately 500 to 1,000 words which explains your interest in the MA, how your previous studies or current interests intersect with the course, and what you expect to gain from the course.

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

Your personal statement should be 500-1000 words in length. Please tell us why you wish to study this course, how your previous studies and experience have prepared you for it, and what you hope to gain from the course. Please also include any other information that you feel will help us to assess your application.

We are keen to hear about your academic and other experiences, which may or may not include previous study of the history of art. You should explain your interest in the subject, which may include approaches as well as periods or artists. Finally, explain what has attracted you to the course at York and what you would like to do here. Your personal statement should be no more than 500 words long.

Your personal statement should be 500-1000 words in length. It should include clear information about how much (if any) linguistics you have previously studied.

If you're applying to a specialist course you should explain why you have chosen this course, and why you believe that your background is suitable.

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

Your statement should be no longer than 500 words. It should include:

  • an explanation of why you want to study the course
  • a discussion of any previous work experience which may be relevant to this course
  • what you hope to do with your Masters degree upon completion.
  • MSc in Clinical Anatomy
  • MSc in Clinical Anatomy and Education
  • MSc in Human Anatomy & Evolution
  • MSc in Pharmacology and Drug Development

Your personal statement include information about your academic background, relevant experience and motivation for undertaking the course.

MSc in Physician Associate Studies

Detail your previous grounding in Chemistry, either through your degree or A Levels, and explore your motivation to undertake the role of a professional Physician Associate.

All other courses

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

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).

Please tell us in your personal statement about your music studies/experience to date, your plans for the future, and why you think the programme is the right choice for you.

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. You should also add any other information that you feel will help us to assess your application.

The statement should be 500 to 1000 words in length, in English, and 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.

MSc courses

Supply a one to two-page statement describing:

  • why you would like to take this course
  • your relevant background experience and training
  • your plans for the future.

Your personal statement must demonstrate your enthusiasm for the course you are 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.

MSc Social Media and Management and MSc Social Media and Interactive Technologies

In your personal statement you should use the course information available and tell us what you hope to learn and where the degree will lead to after graduation.

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Postgraduate Admissions
pg-admissions@york.ac.uk