Entry 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.

Further requirements

To be accepted to study on the MA Novel Writing, we are particularly looking for writing promise, ambition and dedication. All applicants are required to submit 2,000 words of recently written work as part of their application. This should be as a Word document. 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, for example. Applicants will then be required to attend a short on-line or telephone interview.

Months of entry


Course content

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

  • Our 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.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


12-24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details