Writing an application to study Radiotherapy and Oncology in the UK


Writing a personal statement for a Radiotherapy and Oncology degree is a crucial task as it allows you to demonstrate to admissions tutors why you would make a great candidate. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you craft a compelling personal statement.

Start with a Strong Opening

Begin your personal statement in a way that grabs attention. You could start with a personal anecdote related to radiotherapy or oncology or explain why you are passionate about this field. 

Show Your Passion

Express your enthusiasm for radiotherapy and oncology. Discuss what draws you to this profession and how your interest has developed. 

Highlight Relevant Experience

Any experience in a healthcare setting can strengthen your application. This includes work placements, voluntary work, or personal experiences such as caring for a relative with cancer. 

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Experiences with Health Professionals

If you have had the opportunity to observe or work with radiotherapists, oncologists, or other health professionals, discuss what you have learned from these experiences.

  • Multidisciplinary Teamwork: Highlight any exposure you have had to teams that include doctors, specialists, assistants, technicians, and other healthcare professionals. Discuss how this has shown you the importance of teamwork in patient care.
  • Patient Interactions: Talk about instances where you have seen professionals interact with patients, providing care, explaining treatment plans, and offering emotional support. Reflect on how this has given you a deeper understanding of patient-centred care and communication skills in radiotherapy and oncology.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Discuss any situations you have observed where professionals have had to make quick decisions under pressure. Reflect on how this has shown you the critical thinking and problem-solving skills required in radiotherapy and oncology.

Knowledge of the NHS

Demonstrate your understanding of the National Health Service (NHS) and its values. Show that you understand how the healthcare system operates, including the role of the NHS, healthcare policies, patient rights, and ethical considerations in healthcare. In your personal statement, we want to see that you understand the Values, and we want to see examples from your own experience that relate to them. 

Explain Your Long-Term Goals

Talk about your career aspirations in radiotherapy and oncology. This shows that you are committed to the field and have a clear sense of direction.


Be Reflective

Show that you can learn from your experiences. Rather than just listing what you have done, reflect on what you have learned and how it’s prepared you for a career in radiotherapy and oncology.


Make sure your personal statement is well-written and mistakes-free. Getting someone else to read it over is a good idea.

Answer the ‘Why Now?’ question

Especially if you are a mature student, address why you’re choosing to pursue this degree at this point in your life.

It is suggested that UK applicants explore the NHS website, but you can find plenty of additional web pages about the NHS by searching the internet. Once you are familiar with the basics of the NHS, make sure to have a look at the Constitution and its Values.

Remember, your personal statement is your chance to show why you would make a great Radiotherapist or Oncologist, so highlight your passion, dedication, and readiness for the programme.

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