Writing a Compelling Personal StatementWriting a Compelling Personal StatementWriting a Compelling Personal Statement

The University of London evaluates each application on its own merits and considers a wide range of academic and professional experience when reviewing applications. Your personal statement is a chance to go beyond your CV or transcripts, make your case for admission and meaningfully differentiate yourself from other applicants.

As part of your application to the online taught undergraduate programmes in Economics, Management, Finance and the Social Sciences, you should address the following question in 150-200 words:

Why do you wish to study for the programme to which you are applying? Please include details about your education, work experience and current responsibilities.

Helpful Tips and Recommendations

Consider the following as you draft and finalise your statement.

Reflect on the question.

Before you start writing, you may find it helpful to outline or list any formative experiences or accomplishments that have shaped your development. What inspired you to pursue a career or further studies in your chosen field? How do you hope to engage with or contribute to that field in the future?

Do your research.

Learn as much as you can about the programme to which you are applying – from key competencies and skills to career paths – and discuss how your background will help you to successfully undertake that course of study.

Expand on other application materials.

Avoid simply summarising your credentials and qualifications. Describe the ways in which previous learning opportunities have prepared you for the next step in your education.

Be specific.

Generalities or clichés can weaken your writing. Provide descriptive examples that illustrate your qualifications and transferable skills, distinguish your point of view and underscore your interest.

Proofread your work.

Ensure that your final submission is coherent, clearly structured, and free of spelling and grammatical errors. You may find it helpful to read your statement aloud, or ask a qualified teacher, mentor or colleague to review it on your behalf.

Need Help with Your Application?

Our admissions team is available to assist you to ensure you submit your
strongest application.

If haven’t connected with your dedicated admissions counsellor yet,
contact admissions@onlinecourses.london.ac.uk or +44-808-196-0353