We believe this is a crucial part of the UCAS application. Many of our departments do not hold interviews and our Admissions Selectors rely on the information given in the personal statement to differentiate between strong applicants who hold similar qualifications, have similar predictions and a strong reference, when deciding whether to make an offer.

It is your opportunity to tell us why you are applying, why you have chosen your programme of study, what you have done to demonstrate that you are committed to the subject and what makes you an interesting individual who would fit into life at Durham. The personal statement is your opportunity to personalise your application and it is very important that you take time to prepare it well. We have a range of personal statement help pages on our web pages including common questions and videos from former admissions selectors.

It is worth noting that the personal statement must be written by you and not copied from another source. Plagiarism software is becoming increasingly sophisticated at detecting work that is not original, and we will take any incidents of plagiarism very seriously.

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