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Novel Writing (Online Distance Learning)

Middlesex University

12 months
11000 GBP/year
8400 GBP/year
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The Novel Writing (Online Distance Learning) MA at the 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?

The Novel Writing (Online Distance Learning) MA at the Middlesex University 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 the 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
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • It is required that you have a second class honours degree 2:2 or above, or equivalent qualification (a writer has to have something to write about!)
  • Individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience will also be accepted
  • 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

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  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    8400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8400 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.


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