How to write a personal statement for Geography

Ryan Thomas, Geography

Can you picture yourself as a Geography student? If so, you will need to convince Admissions Tutors of your enthusiasm, passion and curiosity about the world.

“The three things we look for in a Geography student are enthusiasm, passion and a curiosity about the world,” says Suzanne Jones, course leader. “Think about how you can bring these qualities out in your personal statement.”

Do

  • Tell the admissions tutor, in your own words, why you deserve a place.
  • Demonstrate a passion about the world, both locally and globally. Where have you been, what did you do, what did you learn? Anything that shows cultural awareness is good.
  • Show you are up-to-date with developments in this subject. You could analyse a recent news event, or write a short feature.
  • Show you are engaged with the subject. For example, are you involved with any community or conservation groups? What have you learnt from being involved?

Don’t

  • Don’t just say you’re interested in Geography. Be specific about what it is you enjoy. Tell us what you know or understand about the world. Where have you been, what have you seen, what did you do and what did you learn?
  • Don’t list your interests, demonstrate them. Actually doing something, for example joining a national society or volunteering for a conservation organisation, shows that you have passion and drive.
  • Merely listing what you have done is not useful. Saying that you were captain of a sports team is meaningless unless you use it to show that you are a, for example, a team player, can perform under pressure and manage your time effectively.