Research course

Biography

Institution
University of Buckingham · Department of Economics and International Studies
Qualifications
MA by researchMPhilDPhil

Entry requirements

The minimum entry level required for this course is as follows: - first or second-class honours degree from a recognised university or, - a recognised professional qualification with relevant work experience

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

Course outline

The cutting-edge Taught MA in Biography was founded in 1996, remains unique to Buckingham and is consistently rated ‘excellent’ by external examiners and inspectors. Since then, in response to student demand, the available options have been extended to include postgraduate research degrees at three levels: MA by Research, MPhil or DPhil level. Study can be on either a full-time or a part-time basis.

Course structure

For their first year of study students on all these courses attend the same weekly seminars as students taking the Taught MA in Biography. These provide the critical awareness of the subject which is an essential prerequisite for dissertation work and they are one of the most distinctive and valuable elements of the MA. They take place as follows:

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

The modules on Biography and Autobiography are designed to combine the study of classic biographies and memoirs with contemporary writing. In addition, the Research Methods module provides an invaluable and innovative training, especially devised for biographers.

Guest seminars on the course are led by leading biographers, critics, publishers and agents. Teachers and speakers on the course have included Andrew Motion, Kathryn Hughes, Frances Wilson, Frances Spalding, Jeremy Lewis, Rupert Shortt, Caroline Dawnay, Andrew Lownie and Miranda Seymour.

Research students are expected to produce, as a valuable preliminary to their own research project, written coursework 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), and one other piece of written work, but the full amount of termly written work required for the taught course is not compulsory. During the early part of the course, research students refine their research proposal under the individual supervision of the course director for eventual discussion with the Research Officer. Once the research proposal has been accepted students concentrate on individual research and the preparation of a dissertation, under the supervision of the course director.

Information for international students

Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,140
International students
£13,280

Find out more about the Paul E H Davis Exhibitions (worth £1,000 each) here: http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships/open/davis

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

DPhil

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
Claire Prendergast
Email
humanitiespg-admissions@buckingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1280 820204
Fax
+44 (0)1280 822245