Mathematics admissions tutor, Dr Irina Rodionova gives her top tips on how to write a personal statement for mathematics courses.

  • Tell us why you want to study mathematics – what motivates you to take mathematics further, at a university level.  
  • Talk about how your interest developed, what you’ve done to pursue it or how you’ve drawn inspiration from your current studies.
  • Explain what it is about studying mathematics at university that interests you and why
  • What aspects of studying mathematics at university are you looking forward to?  
  • Have you read any books about mathematics beyond those you use at school? 
  • Demonstrate your passion for the subject – if you took part in a university taster course, placement, outreach programme, summer school or something similar, include it. Describe what you did, and what you gained from the experience.
  • Do you have any relevant work experience?This might not have involved directly applying mathematics, but it could have involved logical thinking, problem solving, leadership, communicating complex ideas, working as part of a team, all of which play a central role in studying for a mathematics degree. 
  • Be relevant – we do like hearing about your hobbies, but focus most of your statement on information that’s relevant to mathematics.
  • Proof read and check everything twice – ask other people to read through it and check there are no mistakes. Clear writing and attention to detail are important skills for mathematicians!
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