Entry requirements

You will usually have a Bachelor degree, in any subject. But successful completion of a certificate course in creative writing or relevant experience is equally acceptable. The prime criteria are proven writing ability and a commitment to devoting two years to completing a novel. You will be required to submit a sample of your writing and to attend an interview or (if overseas) to participate by telephone. The writing sample should be 5,000 words at most. Ideally it would be a section - probably the opening - of a novel, but it is equally acceptable if it is a short story. Shorter length pieces may also be submitted but as this is a cou

Months of entry


Course content

At the end of the Creative Writing (Novels) MA course, you will be very different; you will have written a novel.
This course is designed to provide a supportive and thought-provoking, yet challenging, environment for novelists to develop their skills, experiment with approaches to writing, learn about the industry and, most importantly, complete a polished novel ready to send to publishers and agents.
At the core of the Creative Writing (Novels) course is the experience of established writers. Everyone who teaches on this MA course is a working, published novelist.
And we want to get you published. See our full list of our published alumni.
The MA Creative Writing (Novels) allows you to focus on one of two areas: Literary Novels or Crime Thriller Novels.

Fees and funding

Full-time EU: £5,500*
Full-time Non EU: £7,500*
The fees listed above are per year.
Scholarships: Graduate Loyalty Discount: The School of Arts & Social Sciences offer a 10% discount on tuition fees for all City graduates, Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2015.
Prizes: An annual prize of £1,500 and agent representation is offered by a leading London literary agency.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7040 8753