Another important role of the PS is that it allows you to explain, although briefly, some information that may not be accurately represented by your transcript or Curriculum Vitae. For example, your GPA might be low because your school places a cap on grades given to students belonging to your major. Another example would be explaining the connection between your undergraduate major and your chosen graduate major, which might seem incongruous at first inspection. For these reasons alone, it is extremely important that you follow a guideline in composing your own PS.
The Universities and College Admission Service (UCAS) mediate all applications made to universities in the UK. You cannot apply directly to a UK university and therefore all applications must be made via UCAS using the dreaded UCAS form. This form requires you to enter your personal details, your course choices and most important of all your personal statement. Your UCAS personal statement is your opportunity to sell yourself to admissions tutors and convince them they should offer you a place at university over the 100’s of other applicants.