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MA in Biography

University of Buckingham
Length: 1 year / 2 years
Study pace: Full time/part time
Education level: Master Degree
Location: London
Language: English

Program Description

The MA in Biography degree is a course with wide appeal, it is aimed at anyone who has an interest in biography or in researching and writing biography for themselves.

The course attracts a varied mix of students from different backgrounds and interests that benefits all students. The experience and commitment of the programme director and the friendly small-group setting allow a lively, enjoyable and intellectually rigorous exchange of ideas. Graduates have gone on to publish their own books, and to win prizes. Some have embarked on further research for the MPhil or the DPhil in Biography.

Unlike most Life Writing degrees, MA in Biography is not linked to Creative Writing, and there is a strong emphasis on research and historical biography. The programme is consistently rated ‘excellent’ by external examiners and inspectors.

Students have a choice between following the taught MA, or opting for the MA by Research. The taught MA gives an opportunity to produce written term papers on a variety of topics as well as a dissertation of up to 20,000 words. Students accepted for the MA by Research are required to produce written work which includes an extended dissertation of up to 40,000 words.

The MA in Biography course structure is the same for students whether they pursue the taught or research based course:

  • Autobiography (September to December)
  • Special Paper in Biography (January to June)
  • Research Methods (January to June)

All students produce course-work for the Research  Methods module: an annotated bibliography and a short biography, with supporting material, produced according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography format.

Admission requirements

Students wishing to study the MA in Biography degree must meet the following requirements:

  • First or Second Class Honours degree or relevant experience
  • IELTS of 6.5 or TOEFL of 233

This program has an IELTS English language proficiency requirement. For more information about IELTS or to book a test, click below:

University of Buckingham

University of Buckingham

The University of Buckingham was founded in 1976. It is the only independent University in the United Kingdom to hold a royal charter, which gives it the power to award its own degrees. It is a non profit-making charity. From...


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