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
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.
- 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.
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