The personal statement is the section in your UCAS application that allows you to show your personality and express your motivation for a career in medicine.
This is where we can find out more about you as a person – your interests, achievements and ambitions.
Although we do not score your personal statement, it is an important part of your application as we use all the information in your UCAS form when making decisions about candidates who are borderline for selection for interview or offer.
Important points for you to address in your personal statement are:
- Your motivation and why you’re suited to a career in Medicine
- Your understanding of what studying Medicine involves
- The range of experiences you have gained and your reflections on what you have learned about yourself, or the medical profession from your experiences
- Any areas of your studies that particularly interest you and why
- Other social, leisure and sport activities and achievements and interests
- Widening participation schemes (if applicable) and your reflections what you have learned from your experience
Allow yourself plenty of time to prepare your personal statement. Ask a teacher, careers adviser, or family member to proofread your statement and provide feedback.
Visit the Medical Schools Council website for advice about writing a personal statement.