The personal statement is an important part of your application. Our programmes are highly competitive and we look for students that demonstrate an engagement with sociology or politics and display a capacity for independent critical engagement with the themes and controversies relevant to the course of studies. Simply listing issues what you are interested in or naming books that you have read is not sufficient. We select students that can think about the subject in a critical way, and who demonstrate an enthusiasm for the subject. You should ensure that your statement tells us why you want to study this programme. Use of templates is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. Generic or formulaic statements are rarely successful. Joint honours students should ensure their discussion speaks to both elements of their proposed degree programme.
We look for assessments of your academic performance that support your personal statement. Assessors should consider the accuracy and consistency of the predicted grades in the light of previous GCSE and AS level achievement (or reasons why this is not the case). Additionally, we would like evidence of the candidate’s efforts and of a positive attitude towards studies. The reference should also document if there are any educational or special circumstances.
We strive to respond to applications within 3-5 weeks of receipt. In the rare instances where decisions are delayed applicants will be informed that the application is still being considered.
SPAIS actively supports all of the University’s outreach activities, including the Access to Bristol scheme.