Higher Education Frequently Asked Questions What should I write in my personal statement? How long should it be? Your personal statement should address why you wish to study your course of choice at Cairnmillar and should be 500 words long. Up to 10% either side is normally acceptable should your statement be a sentence or two under or over the limit. Applicants to the Master of Clinical Psychology (Post-Registration) must explain in their personal statement (and/or curriculum vitae) how they satisfy specific admissions criteria, in order to be considered for the program. Please visit the course page for further information about what should be included in the personal statement. Please note: As of August 2021, Counselling and Psychotherapy programs no longer require a personal statement in order to apply. Instead, applicants will be asked to provide responses to questions within the application form. Please see the relevant course page(s) for further information.