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Application Guide 2023: 


How Medical Schools and Universities Use the Personal Statement 2023

<p class="font_8"><a href=""><strong>Dr. Akash Gandhi&nbsp;</strong></a></p>
<p class="font_8">Medicine Admissions Expert</p>

Dr. Akash Gandhi 

Medicine Admissions Expert


Wondering how universities use the medicine personal statement and grade it? Do you really need to stand out when writing your personal statement? Find everything you need to know about how medical schools and universities use and look at medicine personal statements in 2023. 


Do universities read personal statements?

Every medical school uses the personal statement slightly differently, and you can tailor yours for the schools to which you are applying. Below, we detail how each medical school in the UK uses the personal statement. They each fit broadly into at least one of five categories:

  • Not used at all

  • Used but not marked

  • Used as a tiebreaker

  • Marked to shortlist interview candidates

  • Used during interviews

Important disclaimer: Some universities don’t fit neatly into the categories mentioned, and may use the personal statement in a unique fashion. 

You should check the website of each university to which you are applying for more specific information. 

Additionally, you should write your personal statement to the best of your abilities regardless of which universities you are applying to! They almost all make exceptions to their rules, and you don’t want to be caught out.