Ucas Chemical Engineering Personal Statement

Chemical Engineering Personal Statement 7

Given its diverse and everchanging nature, and the opportunity to contribute to quality of life around the world, the field of engineering offers a very unique appeal. In particular, the chance to study the design of chemical reactions on a large scale is what has drawn me so much to Chemical Engineering, and since discovering the subject, I have found a number of reasons why I would particularly enjoy studying this course.

Firstly, the problem solving element to Chemical Engineering is one of the main attractions of the subject. Whilst undertaking a work placement at the engineering firm MottMacdonald, I worked on a problem faced by a team of water engineers designing a new pipeline, in which the steep gradient of the pipe would cause the fluid to travel at an excessively high velocity. Using only the most basic properties of fluids, the engineers were able to design an effective but very low-cost solution to this problem. Seeing all this, I could only imagine the range of solutions that could be implemented using more advanced Fluid Mechanics theory. Another topic I look forward to studying is Thermodynamics, an area I have been able to explore through watching a series of "Thermodynamics and Kinetics" lectures provided by MIT OpenCourseWare. The lectures covered various concepts relating to heat and work, and each of the Four Laws in turn. I greatly enjoyed the mathematical grounding of all these topics, and feel my ability and interest in maths would allow me to cope well with the highly mathematical nature of the course. However, above all, I enjoyed seeing how the fundamental theories of Chemical Engineering can be applied to create innovative solutions in industry.

Another driving factor for my desire to do the subject is the design element. I particularly like how the component steps of a chemical process - from delivering the reactant mixtures to heat exchange to waste disposal - all assemble together. The need to meet design requirements in an economical manner poses yet another challenge, along with the increasing importance of sustainable production. Integrating and resolving all these various elements into one single, functional process is what makes process engineering appeal to me so much. For these reasons, I am greatly looking forward to the final-year design project.

Furthermore, given my experience working in teams, I would be well-suited to team-oriented tasks such as the design project. Having completed a Headstart course at Newcastle University, and currently undertaking the Engineering Education Scheme, my ability to work well in teams in an engineering context has improved. I also recently set up a peer tutoring scheme at my school, which involved bringing together a team of academically able students to help out with other students struggling at their subjects. Whilst acting as a maths/sciences tutor myself, I was also responsible for managing the team, which included ensuring the tutors were keeping to the rota, collecting ideas and getting reports on tutoring sessions at which I was not present. Besides team activities, my interests also include music. I have achieved Grade 6 Piano and Grade 7 Violin so far, and I aim to achieve Grade 8 on both instruments over the upcoming year.

During my gap year, I will be participating in the Year in Industry. My aim is to improve my knowledge of the applications of engineering theory in industry and as a result be better able to understand how the concepts introduced in the course are used in real-world situations. From my current experience, Chemical Engineering appears an exciting field that I feel well-equipped to study, and one that I believe will be enjoyable, challenging, and above all, stimulating to undertake at university.

Universities Applied to:

  • Imperial College London (MEng Chemical Engineering with a Year Abroad) - Offer (AAA in Maths, Chemistry, Physics) Firm
  • University of Cambridge (MEng Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences) - Rejection
  • University College London (MEng Chemical Engineering with Study Abroad) - Offer (AAB with A in Maths) Insurance
  • University of Bath (MEng Chemical Engineering) - Offer (AA in Maths, Chemistry)
  • University of Manchester (MEng Chemical Engineering with Study in Europe) - Offer (AAA in Maths, French, 1 other)

Grades Achieved:

  • Maths (Advanced Higher) - A
  • Chemistry (Advanced Higher) - A
  • Physics (Advanced Higher) - A
  • French (Advanced Higher) - A
  • Maths (Higher) - A
  • Chemistry (Higher) - A
  • Physics (Higher) - A
  • English(Higher) - A
  • Biology(Higher) - A

Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018

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Chemical Engineering Personal Statement

Since beginning secondary school, I've been very interested in Chemistry and Computing. Besides my normal schoolwork I've read around these two subjects. Because I am also very keen on Mathematics and Physics, I want to pursue a degree course that combines all or most of these. Both of my parents are Science/Engineering graduates and they have taught me some of the qualities needed for a degree course in this field. This has encouraged me to find out about the opportunities available

Aims I have applied to several firms for sponsorship while at university and during a gap year, with the intention of getting Engineering-related work experience. This would give me valuable experience for the course at university. I hope to obtain a Master of Engineering degree and become employed in research and development in the oil or food industry. Eventually, I would like to do postgraduate study, and perhaps even teach Chemistry/Engineering

Interests I play basketball, tennis, volleyball, and I like kayaking. By far my biggest sports interest, however, is orienteering. I've won several trophies for Andalusian and league championships, and I've helped to organise regional orienteering events. I have also designed the database system for my club. My greatest interest outside school is computing. I have done a large amount of web design. I help maintain the computer systems at my father's workplace; and I also do some part time work teaching people on a one-to-one basis how to use their computers. I like writing manuals or "notes" on things related to computers, and have published an article on web design in a small US computer magazine. I have written papers on the use of data-logging and other equipment for my school's science department. This year, I was responsible for laying out my school's entire yearbook using DTP software. Recently, I was employed developing a web site and training staff for an organisation in London

When I have time I play the keyboard, and also do some sound engineering: I used to operate the mixing desk at my local church, as well as help at my parents' workplace, which is a professional recording studio. I enjoy teaching and have given weekly tuition in Maths and English

General Points I've lived in Spain for 14 years and am fluent in Spanish. In addition, my parents work with North Africans, Middle Easterners, Americans, Spaniards, Britons, and people of other nationalities. I have gained valuable experience growing up with many different cultures around me, and as a result appreciate the difficulties of cross-cultural communication. I have been part of several "King's Kids", teams which perform music and dance all over Spain. This entailed travelling away from home for 3 weeks at a time, and having to work with around 60 other people. I think that this has made me a fairly rounded person, and I therefore feel confident about "fitting in" with people from any culture.

Comments

General Comments:

The first thing I notice about this personal statement is the fact that it is quite short. A quick word count revealed that the PS is around 3000 characters, well short of the 4000 character limit. You should use what space you can to sell yourself to the admissions tutors. The space could be used to explain in detail what sorts of aspects of chemical engineering are interesting, through things such as extra reading, that is alluded to in the first paragraph. This is the sort of thing that will impress the admissions tutors, and this should be the focus for at least 2/3 of the statement. Given that this PS is not from a native English speaker, the language and grammar are not always correct. If you are in the same situation, get your English teacher to check it, as well as ensuring that you fulfil the requirements in English too. PSs should also not have headings – it should be in complete prose. Something else to note is that the PS does not have a strong introduction or any sort of real conclusion.

Comments on the statement:

Since beginning secondary school, I've been very interested in Chemistry and Computing Why? This is the most important question to consider throughout writing a PS Besides my normal schoolwork I've don’t use contractions in a formal document such as this read around these two subjects. What have you read? This should be expanded on further down the PS, discussing the books in more detail Because don’t start a sentence with ‘because’ as it’s not grammatically correct --Actually, it is not incorrect. The usage of 'because' is perfectly fine here! I am also very keen on mathematics and physics, subject names should only be capitalised when saying (for example) ‘A Level Mathematics’ – when talking about the subject more generally, it should be small letters I want to pursue a degree course that combines all or most of these. Rather than say it like this, it should be related specifically to chemical engineering, as that’s what the applicant is applying for Both of my parents are Science/Engineering graduates and they have taught me some of the qualities needed for a degree course in this field. Mentioning parents has no benefit in a PS; in fact, it can look worse, because the admissions tutors may think the applicant is doing it to follow in their footsteps, or because they’ve been pushed into it/feel like they should. This has encouraged me to find out about the opportunities available.Remember full stops at the ends of paragraphs too! This should be made more specific to chemical engineering.

AimsPSs shouldn’t have subheadings I have applied to several firms for sponsorship whilst at university and during a gap year, with the intention of getting engineering-related work experience. so what have you been offered? if you haven't been offered anything yet then don't mention it at all and concentrate on things you have already done and can talk about This would give me valuable experience repeated word, find a synonym for the course at university. I hope to obtain a Master of Engineering degree This is an irrelevant line, of course you're hoping to obtain a M.Eng, that's why you're applying for it! and become employed in research and development in the oil or food industry. Eventually, I would like to do postgraduate study, and perhaps even teach Chemistry/Engineeringgo into academicsit’s not necessary to talk about career aspirations if you’re unsure. The admissions tutors are more interested in your reasons for wanting to study the degree (i.e. interests in it)

Interests I play basketball, tennis, volleyball, and I like kayaking. By far my biggest sports interest, however, is orienteering. I've won several trophies for Andalusian and league championships, and I've helped to organise regional orienteering events. What have you gained from this last bit? I have also designed the database system for my club. My greatest interest outside school is computing. I have done a large amount of web design. I don’t start two sentences in a row with ‘I’ as it doesn’t flow well help maintain the computer systems at my father's workplace; shouldn’t be a semi-colon and I also do some part time work teaching people on a one-to-one basis how to use their computers. I like writing manuals or "notes" on things related to computers, like what? and have published an article on web design in a small US computer magazine. which one? I have written papers on the use of data-logging and other equipment for my school's science department. This year, I was responsible for laying out my school's entire yearbook using DTP software. Recently, I was employed to develop a web site and training staff for an organisation in London. This paragraph does show that you have outside interests, but it is perhaps a little too detailed. After all, you're applying for chemical engineering and not computing. If it can be related to chemical engineering, then by all means expand on it a bit, but it is still a bit long and reads too much like a list at the moment.

When I have time I play the keyboard, and also do some sound engineering: I used to operate the mixing desk at my local church, as well as help at my parents' workplace, which is a professional recording studio. I enjoy teaching and have given weekly tuition in Maths and English. This paragraph doesn’t really belong on its own, it should be incorporated with the paragraph above, if it is mentioned at all. The space could be used to expand on points of interest in chemical engineering.

General Points I've lived in Spain for 14 years and am fluent in Spanish. this is the sort of thing their referee should comment on rather than the applicant In addition, my parents work with North Africans, Middle Easterners, Americans, Spaniards, Britons, and people of other nationalities.people from around the world, and it is because of this that I have gained valuable experience growing up with many different cultures around me, and as a result appreciate the difficulties of cross-cultural communication. This can be deleted as it is fairly irrelevant what their parents do in their lives! I have been part of several "King's Kids", teams which perform music and dance all over Spain. This entailed travelling away from home for 3 weeks at a time, and having to work with around 60 other people. I think that this has made me a fairly rounded person, and I therefore feel confident about "fitting in" with people from any culture. This sort of thing doesn’t really have any bearing on how good you will be at your course or why it interests you, so it’s not necessary. However, as an international applicant, it could be tied in (more briefly) with an explanation as to why the applicant wants to study in the UK. The concluding paragraph should sum up why you want to study the course and why you are a good candidate, which this doesn’t.


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