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Durham University


Substitute personal statement

Applying for more than one type of course or institution?

We understand that submitting one personal statement in the UCAS application can create problems for some applicants; such as those who want to apply to slightly different programmes. You can now submit a 'substitute personal statement' directly to us by uploading a Microsoft Word document which would replace the personal statement in your UCAS application to Durham. Our Admissions Selectors are required to use this substitute personal statement in place of the original statement submitted with your UCAS application. However, there is no requirement for an applicant to submit a substitute personal statement to us, nor will providing a substitute personal statement give any automatic advantage to an applicant.

The personal statement should be no longer than 4,000 characters (including spaces), which is the same length as the personal statement in the UCAS application. The length will be checked on receipt and we will not be able to forward it to an academic department should it be over the 4,000 character limit. Your personal statement should not include italics, bold or underlining or any foreign characters, unless giving the correct titles of people or places.

You will also need to provide us with some other basic details to make sure we can match up your substitute personal statement with your original UCAS application so that admissions selectors can see all your details together.

To ensure we can consider your substitute personal statement with your UCAS application, please submit it to us using the form provided as soon as possible after receiving your acknowledgment email from Durham University and no later than three calendar days after you receive the acknowledgment email. This should help to ensure that when an Admissions Selector receives your application, they have the personal statement you want them to be able to see.

As with your UCAS application, the content of the substitute personal statement must be your own work and not include false or misleading information. Any breach of this will be treated very seriously and may result in your application being unsuccessful or, if any offer has been made, that offer withdrawn.

The substitute personal statement will only be used for the programme you specify on the submission form. If you wish to submit more than one substitute personal statement because you have applied to more than one programme at Durham, please contact us to discuss this.

The opportunity to provide a substitute personal statement is a facility offered to applicants to Durham University by Durham University. It is not a standard facility within the UCAS scheme and may not be offered by any other university.

Please note that some users of Internet Explorer 11 have found that they are unable to upload their Substitute Personal Statement. As such, we would recommend that you use a different browser to do so. We presently support the latest versions of Safari, Firefox and Chrome as well as Internet Explorer 10.