University of East Anglia UEA

University of East Anglia UEA

Biography and Creative Non-Fiction

Biography is currently undergoing rapid change and reformation. Instead of the old �cradle to grave� narratives of well-known literary or political figures, our best writers are now experimenting with new forms and subjects. Nature-writing, the personal essay, food journalism, art criticism and memoir are all part of the exciting emerging mix. This MA programme is for anyone who wants to develop their own writing in any of these genres while studying at the country�s leading university for the teaching of Creative Writing.

Entry requirements

Students should hold a minimum 2.1 Honours degree or overseas equivalent. All applicants who are not a British national and/or whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English language proficiency. This is equivalent to an IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components and 7.0 in writing, although we do accept many other types of qualifications or tests. In accordance with the UK Border Agencies Tier 4 visa guidelines, we will also waive the English language requirement for applicants who meet the defined nationality test or who have completed a degree level course in 1 of the listed countries.

Course modules

Core modules: English literature dissertation; research and methodology training seminar; the life of the book; writing lives; writing the first person. Optional modules: adaptation and interpretation; case studies; creative-critical writing; east Anglian literature; fiction after modernism: re-reading the twentieth century; living modernism; ludic literature; novel history; process and product in translation; publishing -a practical approach; the art of short fiction; the writing of crime/thriller fiction; theory and practice of fiction; translation theory and history.

Assessment methods

In addition to the final dissertation, submitted in September, each module is assessed on a 5,000 word essay.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and bursaries are available for UK, EU and international students; please see the website for full details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,150 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 7,150 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 14,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 6,000 per Whole course (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ East of England

Key information

Admissions Office
Telephone number: 
01603 591515