Once you have written a draft copy of your personal statement, you should check the spelling, punctuation and grammar and check that it flows in a logical order.
This is the skill we look for in the personal statement and we recommend at least 80% of your statement should be dedicated to this type of academic discussion.
How you show your wider engagement with your subject is entirely up to you.
Our Selectors look for students who can best reflect on the experiences and academic ideas they have encountered through the opportunities available to them, not those who have had the best opportunities.
If you are not sure where to start, you could try listening to podcasts of LSE public events or look in the prospectus for examples of suggested reading.
At LSE you are admitted to study a particular degree course so the majority of your personal statement − at least 80% − should focus on your academic interest in that subject.
Many students like to include some details of their extra-curricular activities such as involvement in sports, the arts, volunteering or student government.Remember we are interested not just in a list of what you have read/encountered, but evidence you have reflected on the academic ideas.To help you begin, there are several questions you could think about: If you are applying for deferred entry, as well as thinking about the questions listed above, you may also wish to indicate (briefly) why you are taking a gap year and what you plan to do during the year.So, for example, the Anthropology Admissions Selector is likely to prefer a statement which focuses mainly on social anthropology - which is taught at LSE - over one which suggests the applicant is very interested in biological anthropology, or a combined degree with archaeology, as these courses are not offered at the School.Similarly, a personal statement which shows an interest mostly in modern international history (the focus of LSE’s International History course) is likely to be more competitive than one which shows a significant interest in ancient history, as LSE does not offer any ancient history units.As our Selectors are most interested in your academic interests, we recommend that no more than 20% of your statement is spent discussing extra-curricular activities. If you are applying to one of these programmes, you are advised to give equal weighting to each subject in your statement.For instance, if you are applying to our Government and Economics degree, you must show evidence of interest in both subjects; a statement weighted towards only one aspect of the degree will be significantly less competitive.Applicants should consult the advice here, as well as advice from UCAS when preparing to complete this section of their application.Please note that writing a personal statement following the guidelines below does not guarantee an offer of admission.The applicant has mentioned an interest in history but they have not discussed this in depth or shown any evidence of wider engagement with the subject.Where the applicant does talk about history, the discussion is superficial and focussed on ancient history, which LSE does not offer as part of our history course.