Master of Biographical Research & Writing


This program equips students with a thorough theoretical and critical grounding in Biography, and with the skills and opportunity to undertake their own biographical projects.

The program is relevant for graduates wishing to undertake a specialist postgraduate program in Biography. It is suitable for professionals working in a variety of cultural institutions who are finding Biography to be of increasing relevance to their professional practice, independent scholars wishing to pursue Biographical projects, intending PhD students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in Biography, or anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge and understanding of past lives.

Graduates of the Master of Biographical Research and Writing may go on to careers in writing and publishing Biography, cultural and visual arts, the editorial and publishing worlds, the public history and heritage sector, film, radio and television, education, or the library and archives sector.

Typical courses

  • Writing Biography
  • Reading and Writing History
  • History and Theory
  • Oral History, Memory and Life Stories
  • Biography and Society
  • Digital Histories and Biographies
  • Biographical Practices
  • Australian Dictionary of Biography Internship
  • Biographical Research Project

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At the ANU you can learn from experts in your field. In the 2010 QS World University Rankings ANU was ranked number one in Australia and 13 in the world for social sciences, and number one in Australia and 17 in the world for arts and humanities.


Applicants should have a four year Bachelors degree either as Honours or a combined degree in a cognate area from an Australian tertiary institution or its international equivalent. Equivalence can be met with completion of either the Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts (Writing, World Histories and Lives) or the Graduate Diploma in Arts (History).


Online courses and intensive courses on campus.