Tips | Writing the Statement of Purpose

Are you looking for tips around writing your statement of purpose for UK universities? Well, there are 7 things that you must remember while writing your SoP for UK universities. Here is a list of all of them.

#1: Create a story

Try and get deeper into how you got passionate about the course. What was the initial point of discovery for you? How did you fall in love with this subject? Was it a competition that you participated in? When you go down the memory lane and share a personal experience, it provides a sense of genuineness to your statement. The person who reads your statements feels that you are not faking anything.

#2: Dive into the details

This is exactly the point where you need to dive into the details of your career goals, your passion for the course, your achievements, your hobbies etc. Everything that you have accomplished so far and that is connected to the course, needs to be explained in this section. Talk about an award you won, a discovery you made and all the other things that you would tell someone proudly about.

#3: Be specific

Yes, it is crucial for you to dive into the details. But, then, what is also important is for you to stay specific. You are not writing an autobiography, therefore you do not have an abundance of textual space. Your statement overall should not be more than 1500 words. Thus, you have a really limited amount of textual space. Focus on the more important aspects of your Statement. Your achievements, your discoveries, your career plans, your desires, your passion for some aspects of the course etc.

#4: Make it personal

This is probably one of the most important things that you should remember. Your SoP needs to be professional but personal. You need to show that you are not a machine who has been directed to pursue this one particular course from this one particular university. Instead, you are a passionate human being who is piqued by the workings of some aspects of the subject and wants to explore further. A professor will connect to the student inside you, and not someone who is simply doing the course to get from Point A to Point B.

#5: Back up your claims

This is very important. Never mention anything in your SoP for which you cannot provide a good back up. For instance, if I were to say that I have one of the most unique perspective towards literature, and then end the statement there, it would appear that I am simply throwing some false claims. Instead, if I were to write, “I believe that my perspective, although not heavily unique, is one from which I view the piece of literature as objectively as I would do it subjectively, attempting to dive deep into the mind of the author and understanding the workings behind it. I remember that while reading Doctor Faustus, I was particularly intrigued by the time during which it was written along with the way it was received by the audience…” If I were to go deeper into the kind of research I did, it would just back up my initial claim that I have a unique perspective which not every student might have.

#6: Don’t be a bore

You shouldn’t bore your reader! Yes, you are not writing a story or an article that has to be read by thousands of people. Yet, how would you react to someone simply writing, “I believe I have the caliber to take on the extensive research involved in this course. I am passionate about this course so I think I am a good student. I want to pursue (_____) after completing the course.

While it may seem very specific, but there is no flavour to this statement! Therefore, remember to put in an effort into your SoP, and make it as engaging as you can.

#7: Research about the course and the university well

We often forget about this. It is crucial for you to research about both the course and the university. This is because oftentimes we simply write about how passionate we are for the course so that we can use that one single SoP to submit to different universities. However, ensure that you do mention what you particularly like about the university you are submitting your application to. For instance, you could say, “I am extremely impressed by the academic resources available at your university and would love to exploit all of them to the benefit of my research…” or, “I really look forward to working with (professor) as I have been fascinated by their work in (______)”. This just shows that you are not blindly submitting your applications but have actually put an effort into it.