Novel Writing

Middlesex University

M.A. Online
12 months
5500 GBP/year
5500 GBP/year
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Writing a novel is on most bucket lists, but very few people make their dream a reality. Our fully flexible online Novel Writing at Middlesex University enables you to develop your novel at your own pace, at times to suit your lifestyle, from anywhere in the world. You’ll be supported throughout by acclaimed novelists, who are experienced creative writing lecturers with valuable industry links.


Why study the Novel Writing MA at Middlesex University?

Our practical and contemporary approach to novel writing ensures you are able to hone your writing skills and develop your book while also identifying gaps in the market and how to approach agents and publishers.

Through our online campus you can access the support of our experts, while interacting with others on the course, at a time to suit you, and you can choose to complete the course in one year (full-time) or over two or three years (part-time) starting in October. From idea generation, to developing character and plot, to pitching your novel to publishers, this MA equips you to master your novel.

Course highlights

  • The teaching team are all experienced creative writing lecturers as well as being novelists, including novelist and TV director/producer Dr Adam Lively; Dr Lorna Gibb, biographer and novelist, and Dr Josie Barnard, BBC radio journalist and novelist.
  • You’ll be learning with state-of-the-art distance learning tools and 24-hour web support through our innovative online platform
  • Creative writing at Middlesex has strong links with the publishing industry, including hosting the annual North London Literary Festival, which recently enjoyed a keynote speech from poet laureate Carol-Anne Duffy and novelist David Nicholls.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Writing as a Novelist
  • Reading as a Novelist 
  • Research for Fiction
  • Developing the Novel 
  • Dissertation 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We recommend applying as early as possible for your chosen postgraduate course to ensure you are granted a place .




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We normally require a second class honours degree 2:2 or above, or equivalent qualification (a writer has to have something to write about!)
  • We will also accept individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience
  • Those without formal qualifications will need to demonstrate relevant writing experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
  •  All applicants are required to submit 2,000 words of recently written work as part of their application. It is likely to be creative writing in prose form, e.g. an excerpt from a short story or novel, or it could be an essay or piece of creative non-fiction. 
  • Applicants will then be required to attend a short on-line or telephone interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Updated over a year ago

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Novel Writing
Middlesex University


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