Taught course

Novel Writing (Online Distance Learning)

Middlesex University London · Department of Media

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

Months of entry


Course content

Writing a novel is on most bucket lists, but very few people make their dream a reality. Our fully flexible online MA 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 MA Novel Writing at Middlesex University?

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 (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 – they include novelist, critic and TV director/producer Dr Adam Lively and fantasy novelist/critic Dr Adam Dalton.
  • 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 Story Festival, which has included appearances by writers such as former poet laureate Carol-Anne Duffy, novelist David Nicholls and Booker Prize shortlisted author Stephen Kelman.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    12-24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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