K M Enayet Hossain
31 October, 2020

5 min read


How to write a personal statement

Step by step guidelines on how to write a personal statement (statement of purpose, SOP) for successful university admission applications.

Personal Statement is sometimes called Statement of Purpose (SOP) as a personal statement gives clear statement of your purpose of choosing to study a certain course at certain institution.

Normally, you will require submitting this statement with the admission application along with your academic credentials. It is an opportunity for you to tell the selectors why you think you would be a suitable student for the course you are applying and why the University should select your application over those of the other candidates. It is therefore vitally important that you make this statement as effective as possible.

Remember, Personal Statement, as the name suggests, is a statement that is very ‘personal’ to you – related to your past and current attainments and your future pursuance. Therefore, it has to be an ‘original’ statement – if it is copied from somewhere else or written by someone else, it won’t be personal anymore and on the other hand, it may constitute to plagiarism and your admission application can be cancelled or unsuccessful.


As a guideline, we recommend you to cover the following areas in your personal statement -

6 steps to success (6s2s)

Step 1
Tell straightway which course you want to study at which university.  Briefly state why you want to study this course – what academic and career benefits you will achieve by studying this course (3-4 lines).

Step 2
State the features of the course that have motivated you most, what are your learning targets and how the accomplishments will develop you personally, professionally and boost your career prospects (10 to 12 lines).

Step 3
Mention your past and current academic strengths, career achievements that are relevant to this course – how those attainments will complement your prospective study and which areas of knowledge and skills you are going to develop (8 to 10 lines).

Step 4
State how you will design your future with the new achievements – with higher level of degree what career target you are aiming to grab in short, medium and long term (5 to 7 lines).

Step 5
State why you have chosen this university to study this course – what different and unique features this university have, which distinctive things the university offers that will provide you extra value (8 to 10 lines).

Step 6
State why you have chosen to study this course in the UK and not in other countries or in your home country (6 to 8 lines).


Presentation and Style

  • Show your enthusiasm and commitment.
  • Start with interesting opening sentence that persuade the reader.
  • Establish your academic insight and prove your understanding about the intended study.
  • Write in short paragraphs and make them connected, use simple English.
  • Organise it in logical order, check spelling, grammar and punctuations.


As a general guideline, the length of personal statement should be between 500 to 1000 words depending on the level of course you are applying for.


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