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You’ll need to start the application process once you’ve selected your postgraduate course.

Your personal statement is an important part of this.

Plan what you are going to say and make sure that you emphasise your qualifications, abilities and experience.

What should I include in a personal statement?

We want to know why you want to study your chosen course at NTU. Highlight your skills and experience and let us know your motivation for applying.

You should give examples of the skills and experience you’ve gained at university or at work and explain how they will help you to succeed. Make it as relevant as possible. Look closely at the course page and refer back to the course content.

Your personal statement is a chance to talk about your long-term aspirations and how you think this postgraduate course will help you get there. You might also talk about any preliminary ideas you have for your dissertation, which will show the admissions tutor how knowledgeable you are in your field.

How should I write a personal statement?

Your personal statement should be organised in a logical manner. Ensure that paragraphs are concise and to the point, as this will demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively.

It should contain an introduction that summarises your academic and professional experience. A middle segment that expands on your skills and abilities, and a succinct conclusion that pulls together the most significant aspects of your application and leaves a lasting, positive impression.

Our application system has a 4,000 character limit so try to stick to this. If you have more to say, you will need to upload separate documents.

Remember to include:

  • Concise and clear words
  • Positive, passionate language
  • Professional tone of voice
  • Evidence to back up your statements

Three top tips for writing a personal statement

Here are our three top tips for writing a successful postgraduate personal statement:

  1. Make it relevant – tell us why you want to study this particular course at NTU. Read the course page carefully before you apply and link your skills and experience to the course content.
  2. Use positive and professional language. Use short, straightforward sentences and double-check your grammar and spelling.
  3. Check your work. Rewrite your statement until you’re satisfied, then have a friend, family member, or careers consultant read it. Proofreading is critical for avoiding mistakes.