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Our notes provide an overview of personal statement usage at UK medical schools

Curious about how the UCAS personal statement is used at different UK medical schools?

Our notes helps you compare usage of the UCAS personal statement at your target UK medical schools.

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Medical school Personal statement usage notes

Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview for evidence of preparation for medicine.
The personal statement is not scored but is assessed at interview.

Anglia Ruskin

The personal statement is not taken into consideration when shortlisting for interview
Candidates who are invited to interview can expect to be asked about their personal statement at that stage


All personal statements are read, but not scored or used in ranking of applicants.


Personal statements are assessed in interview shortlisting, but not scored.
They are used in the interview process for panelists to ask about work experience.


Personal statement is not scored. It is expected that the statement provides evidence of commitment to study medicine.

Brighton and Sussex

The personal statement is not used in any part of the selection process


Personal statement is not assessed, but may be used to differentiate between applicants who have achieved the same UCAT score.


The medical school may consider all the information provided within a candidate’s application including academic qualifications, personal statement and references before a final decision is made to interview or offer a place on the course.


Personal statement is reviewed prior to interview but not scored


Evidence is sought for insight into a career in medicine, experience and reflection of personal responsibility, experience and reflection in a caring environment, a balanced approach to life, self-directed learning and a sense of social awareness, in addition to positive referee's comments.


The personal statement is reviewed prior to the interview stage but not scored

Edge Hill

Personal statement and and reference are used to distinguish between borderline applicants.


As explained on the website (where there is very detailed guidance), the personal statement "provides the opportunity to tell us all about you! While it will not be formally assessed, your personal statement will be essential preperation for you if you are successful in being invited to one of our Assessment Days."  
Three main topics to be included in the personal statement: 
1) Personal qualities and skills; 
2) Evidence of career exploration prior to application; 
3) Non-academic achievements and interests


The personal statement is evaluated for details regarding mitigating circumstances.
The statement is not ranked or scored as part of the selection process.


Reviewed prior to interview but not scored

Hull York

The personal statement is screened before offer but not scored.
All available information, including the personal statement, may be used when assessing applicants who are borderline at selection for offer or selection for interview.


Evidence of motivation to study medicine, understanding of medicine as a career, community activities, leadership qualities, ability to work in a team and general interests.


Not assessed, but may be used at interview station to discuss relevant experiences.

Kent and Medway

Personal statements are considered for all borderline applicants in order to promote them into the group selected for interview.
Work experience is considered within the personal statement.

King's College

Personal statements are used as part of the interview shortlisting process.
No consideration given to applicants whose personal statements are not focused on Medicine.


Personal statement is not used as a separate part of selection process, but may be used as part of the interview.


Not formally scored, but it is essential that applicants take this opportunity to demonstrate their motivation and enthusiasm to study.


Personal statement is not routinely read, although it can be used in a borderline or tiebreaker situation.


The personal statement is read but not scored.
The personal statement and reference are assessed after interview, before issuing offers.


Personal statement will not be used in making the decision to invite to interview but will be assessed at interview.


Personal statement not normally used.
Non-academic information form is sent to candidates ahead of interview.


Not used prior or at interview. Read prior to offers being made, but is not scored.

Norwich (UEA)

The personal statement is not scored but a commitment to studying medicine is expected.


The personal statement is not scored.
Personal statements and references are assessed post-interview before issuing offers.


Personal statement is considered along with all other aspects of the application for those applicants who are not automatically shortlisted.
Personal stement may be used as the basis for interview questions for those shortlisted.


Not scored

Queen’s Belfast

Personal Statements are not scored.
Personal statement should indicate commitment and motivation, explicitly to Medicine as career choice.


Not read or scored.
Insight into a career in medicine, work experience, volunteering and outside interests are explored via interview.


Personal statement used at interview to discuss non-academic criteria.

St Andrews

Not scored, but applicants must have health-related work experience to be considered for interview.

St George's London

The personal statement is not scored.


Not assessed - roles and responsibilities form required.


Personal statements are read and priority scored using the following criteria: work experience, motivation to study medicine, evidence of team work, leadership and communication skills, independent learning skills and other interests.
Applicants are encouraged to think reflectively about their skills and experiences, and how they have helped to prepare them for a career in medicine.


The personal statement, academic reference and transferable skills statement are used in selection of applicants for interview.

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