How to write a personal statement for Maths


The most successful Mathematics students are keen and enthusiastic, enjoy learning and a challenge, says Dr Graeme Boswell, lecturer in Mathematics at USW.

The key is to think how you can convey these qualities in your personal statement.


What to include

  • Provide evidence of your Mathematics. Don’t just say you love Mathematics, tell us why you love it – and how you use it in your everyday life.
  • Talk about the areas of Mathematics that interest you the most. Mention books you have read, places you have been or any extra-curricular events or projects you have been involved in that demonstrate a passion for Mathematics.
  • Talk about the other subjects you are studying. How do they relate to Maths?
  • Even if those other subjects don’t appear to involve mathematics, tell us what skills they provide that you can use in your University education.
  • Tell us about your part-time work, hobbies and interests. But don’t go into excessive detail. The main focus of your personal statement should be academic.
  • Hobbies and interest give us a sense of who you are as a person, so think about what you want to convey such as teamwork, problem solving or commitment.


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