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Personal Statement for Dentistry

A strong personal statement is important for a successful application.

Personal statement

Some dental schools will use your personal statement as the basis of your interview. Others put less emphasis on its importance. However, it is likely to be used to assess your suitability for the course at some stage.

In addition to your academic capability, it gives you the opportunity to reflect on what you’ve learned from work experience. It demonstrates you have the personal skills required for dentistry.

Focus on

  • your reasons for applying
  • how your work experience has prepared you for the course and career
  • supporting information, like extra-curricular activities.

You have a limit of 47 lines or 4,000 characters (including spaces). The form will cut off if you go over the limit. Leave room for breaks between paragraphs.

Common mistakes on a personal statement

Try to avoid these mistake commonly made on personal statements.

Get feedback on your personal statement

As a Newcastle University student or registered recent graduate, you can get feedback on your personal statement from the Careers Service. All our careers consultants have experience of personal statements for dentistry.

The Careers Service does not check grammar or proof read. Please see the Academic Skills Team for advice on using grammar and punctuation. They do not offer a proof reading service.

Book an online or in person guidance appointment via MyCareer, or use the Careers Service drop-in service to get statement feedback.

Further information

  • - advice on writing a personal statement for dentistry
  • Dental Schools Council - advice on making an application and personal statements
  • Prospects Dentist profile - includes information on the role and the skills needed to become a dentist. This is useful for when writing a personal statement
  • UCAS - guide on writing a personal statement