Taught course

Novel Writing

Middlesex University · School of Art and Design

Entry requirements

To be accepted to study on the MA Novel Writing, we are particularly looking for writing promise, ambition and dedication. We normally require a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject, e.g. Creative Writing or English. However, we also welcome applications from candidates with good honours degrees in other subjects (a novelist has to have something to write about!) or 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. This must be creative writing in prose form, e.g. an excerpt from a short story or novel, and not an essay, play script, or similar as a Word document. Applicants will then be required to attend a short on-line or telephone interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Since creating the UK's first full BA and London's first MA in Creative Writing, Middlesex University has continued to pioneer and evolve the ways in which we approach the discipline of Creative Writing. Now, in recognition of the personal and professional commitments of many aspiring novelists we have developed the UK's first Distance Education MA which focuses solely on Novel Writing, enabling you to research and write your book at your own pace from wherever you choose, anywhere in the world.

Why study MA Novel Writing at Middlesex
At Middlesex we take a practical and contemporary approach to Novel Writing that 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. Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of published novelists with extensive teaching experience, you will not only develop your work to a publishable standard but acquire valuable communication skills which will benefit a variety of professions.
Delivered online through our Virtual Learning Environment, our unique course encourages you to interact, question, share and participate with others on your course, ensuring you never feel as if you are studying in isolation. Whether you're working full time, unable to attend our London campus regularly, or based overseas this challenging and exciting MA will enable you to embark on your novel in your own time with expert guidance, world-class resources and valuable industry links to help you get published.
Course highlights
  • Teaching staff who are all published novelists with industry experience, led by Dr David Rain - author of nine novels (eight published as Tom Arden), and Josie Barnard - BBC radio journalist, author of two novels and long-standing Creative Writing tutor at the Faber Academy, Goldsmiths and Middlesex University
  • International industry links including involvement with the North London Literary Festival, providing valuable writing insights and publishing advice from some of the UK's leading writers and literary figures
  • State-of-the-art distance learning tools and 24-hour web support through our innovative online platform, Mylearning, to ensure that you always have the help you need wherever you are
  • Online support for each module with detailed guidance and instructions around required tasks, online discussion boards for posting queries, group discussion opportunities and audio lectures and slides so you never have to miss a workshop.

Fees and funding

UK students
UK/EU student £4,200
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details