Taught course

Biography and Creative Non-Fiction

University of East Anglia · School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent – in any subject. Special entry requirements include the submission of a sample of your biographical writing or creative non-fiction accompanying the application. Please visit UEA’s website for complete details.

Months of entry


Course content


This MA programme is for those who want to develop their own writing and reading skills in exciting genres as diverse as nature-writing, the personal essay, food journalism, art criticism and memoirs, while studying at a world-renowned institute for creative writing. An anthology of students’ writing is published each year and distributed to a key list of editors, agents and critics.


Students take three compulsory modules, plus an additional fourth module chosen from the wide range available within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Each module is assessed by an essay, in addition to the final dissertation, submitted in September. Seminars are timetabled to be convenient to those who wish to pursue this degree but must travel from London.


All teaching staff are acclaimed writers, creating great opportunities for networking and feeling part of a thriving literary community. Teaching is conducted by seminar, where set texts are discussed papers presented and student writing workshops undertaken. Leading biographers are invited to address students on aspects of their writing and seminars are supplemented by one-to-one tutorials with the module leader.


Students can go on to publish with a major house, or work with smaller, more specialist publishers. Some graduates undertake their PhD and pursue a full-length writing project, or return their original discipline (teaching, journalism, law). Students also have the opportunity to meet some of the UK’s leading agents and publishers who make regular visits to talk to students on this degree path.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515