This article provides advice on what you should cover in your personal statement, tips on what to include and how to get further advice and feedback.
Your personal statement
Your personal statement is a way of conveying your reasons for wanting to do the course and to demonstrate your ability to complete the course successfully. The application process for postgraduate study is very competitive and a strong personal statement will be crucial to optimise your chances of success.
What to include in your personal statement
Each university is likely to provide its own guidance regarding what to include. You should check the requirements carefully for each application, which might include a word or page limit, or specific content requirement. Your personal statement should cover the following areas:
If you are an international student you may also like to include the following:
You can find further information and advice on applying for postgraduate study on the Purple Door website. If you are considering postgraduate study at the University of Portsmouth you can find out more here.
Where can I get further information and advice?
Purple Door, the University of Portsmouth’s employability service, can offer support with writing your personal statement and runs regular application clinics. You can drop-in at Purple Door for initial advice at any time during our opening hours or call us on +44 (0) 23 9284 2684. You can also access a wide range of information and advice on our website at www.port.ac.uk/purpledoor.
How to contact us
Visit us at:
University of Portsmouth
28 Guildhall Walk
Telephone or email:
t: +44 (0) 23 9284 2684