Top tips for applying for a life sciences course

If you're wondering about taking the next step and applying for a course then we've got the help you need to make an application for courses in our Department of Life Sciences.


A picture of you in our minds

You can’t start too early! Give yourself sufficient time to do yourself justice. Don't just repeat your qualifications, or what you’re studying as this information is already on the form. Your personal statement should give us a clear picture of you as an individual and tell us about your experiences, skills and interests you have as well as what positives or strengths you would bring to the course and the University.


More than qualifications

Of course we care about your academic qualification but we’re also looking for what transferrable skills you can bring from hobbies or awards, such as the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, STEM ambassadors and Science clubs. Include if you have taken part in a higher education taster course, placement, or summer school for example. Include any relevant work experience or volunteering that shows a passion for your subject and that you have been prepared to go the extra mile and act on it.


Do your homework!

Make sure you say why you want to study the subject. We need to know why you want to study this subject and – if you’re brave enough – why with us?


Your potential

Remember you have a lot to offer! Write about yourself in a positive way and sell all the skills and experience you have acquired. Look at course descriptions and identify the qualities, skills, and experience it requires – you can use these to help you decide what to write about.


Passion for your subject

Courses within our Department of Life Sciences represent large subjects. What areas are you particularly interested in and what sparked that interest? What extra activities have you been involved in beyond the academic sphere that still show your dedication to your subject? We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic and passionate.


Make an impact with your writing

Don’t forget to proofread your statement carefully. We’re looking for attention to detail in both written and practical work. You never get a second chance to make a first impression even on paper. Ensure your personal statement is clearly structured, and is personal to you. Don’t use fancy quotes; we want to know your thoughts and opinions not others’. For example, why you want to study at degree level? Be forward thinking – what are your future goals, ambitions and career aspirations? Make every word count. Remember that your personal statement is a more formal piece of writing so we're not expecting to see "I wanna b a biomedical scientist cos..." – after all, we'll be looking for academic work from you as well as practical application. (It’s also a good idea to remember this if you need to email a course tutor or our admissions team too!)

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