Personal Statement

The personal statement is one part of a range of information used to assess applications at Oxford and is submitted with your UCAS form in October.
It’s an opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you want to study your chosen course. It’s also a good way of checking you actually do want to study a particular subject – if you can’t think of anything to say about it, you might need to rethink your choice. At Oxford it’s sometimes used as a starting point for discussion at interviews, like talking about a book you’ve mentioned, so it’s a chance to highlight your interests within the subject.
We realise that this is probably the first time you have written something like this and that many applicants find it tricky, so here are our top tips. Good luck!