Personal Statement - Dentistry 1b

Personal Statement

  • A selection of Dentistry Personal Statements can be found in the TSR Wiki Click here.
  • If you would like your personal statement reviewed in confidence by the TSR team of advisers, post in Ask A PS Helper Only our team of advisers, yourself and the TSR moderators will be able to view it.
  • The most important factor (other than grades) in getting an offer is your personal statement. Your personal statement must be no more than 47 lines long (47 lines in Word does not mean 47 lines on the form!) and no more than 4000 characters. In these 47 lines you must sell yourself to university admissions tutors as much as possible, they will decide if you're called for interview so you must impress them. Remember they will be reading hundreds and hundreds of Dentistry personal statements, make yours stand out from the crowd if you can! Make sure your PS is focused entirely on an application, even if you're applying for 2 other non-dentistry courses.
What should I include in my Personal Statement?
  • Reasons for choosing Dentistry

This is an extrememly important part o the personal statement. Why do you want to be a dentist? Each person has their own response to this question but you must explain clearly to the admissions tutor your reasons for undertaking a career in dentistry

  • Work Experience

The admissions tutors are interested in caring experience which may or may not be dentistry related. This could be anything from shadowing a dentist to working weekends in a care home. Include how you got involved in such work, how long you have been doing it, how much time you spent doing it and most importantly, what skills you have gained from it. This section can include anything you have done which contributes to your investigation of a career in dentistry.

  • Interests and hobbies

Remember the admissions tutors want to see you have interests outwith your academic pursuits. Exceptional academic students don't necessarily make the best Dentists, you must be able to communicate and empathise with patients. Tell the tutors what you do in your spare time, why you do it, if you've achieved any outside recognition and why your hobbies and interests might be relevant to a career in dentistry.

  • Areas of responsibility including paid employment

Being a dentist requires a great deal of responsibility, paid employment is a good way of showing you are responsible. It may also help your communication skills.

  • Conclusion about why you should be picked

Finish on a positive note, if a tutor hasn't already made a decision, the final sentence is your last chance to sway them either way so make it perfect.

My personal statement is too long, help!
  • Cut out the waffle.
  • Cut out things which are not relevant such as names of dental surgeries/hospitals.
  • Remember its a Personal statement
  • Ask your referee to mention things which won't fit in your PS
  • Use shorter phrases where possible (eg 'school's prize' instead of 'prize from my school')
  • If you're unsure Ask A TSR PS Helper
My personal statement is too long, help!
  • Read, re-read and read again your personal statement! However many drafts it takes, make it perfect.
  • Get someone else to check your personal statement for any spelling or grammar mistakes which would instantly make a bad impression.
  • Make the start of your Personal statement interesting - this is the first thing the admissions tutor will read so grab their attention.
  • Ensure your application is ready in time for the UCAS deadline.
  • Don't worry if you don't hear anything for a while, even if your friends are hearing things, it doesn't mean anything.
  • Don't use lists on your personal statement, continuous prose is much better.
  • Use paragraphs and maintain structure to your personal statement.
  • Don't lie on your personal statement, be prepared to be questioned on everything which you put in it.
  • Read the prospectuses (in paper form and online- they update this fairly regularly)– some universities publish documents that say what they want to see in your personal statement – if they ask for specific things, you must include them – otherwise there is no point in applying there.
  • If you do an unusual extra curricular activity, put it in - It will get you talking at interview!