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Additional required documents

Please note that the School of English is unable to process incomplete applications. All additional required documents noted below must be received before assessment can begin.

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English should also be aware that the School of English requires a minimum IELTS score of 8.0 (or equivalent).

For MLitt applicants only:

A fully automated online application system is now in place.  To speed up response times, we would encourage prospective students to have the additional documents available for upload in either doc or pdf format at point of application. It is not possible to upload missing documents at a later time and these must instead be sent by email to the Postgraduate Administrator, School of English.

An automated reference request system is in place and is triggered once your application has been submitted, so do take this into account for any scholarship deadlines. You should therefore ensure that you correctly list your referees' email addresses in full in each application section and obtain permission in advance from your referees to include their email addresses in your application, advising them that they should upload references directly to us via the web link included within the automated email request. It is not possible to resend reference requests from the automated system. If problems are encountered by the referees, they may instead email references directly to pgeng@st-andrews.ac.uk, but not via the applicant.

The writing sample provided within your application is incredibly important in the assessment process. Ideally, this should be a piece of distinction-grade writing which you have recently completed at Honours level or equivalent, and must be on a theme related to your programme intention. To show applicants what consitutes a suitable essay submission, you may view a MLitt Applicant Critical Writing Sample (PDF, 5,024 KB)  which has very kindly been provided by a 2010-11 MLitt in Romantic/Victorian Studies student, Yi Wen Hon, as a guide. You may not use any part of this essay for any other purpose.

Please note that applicants should not provide personal statements. The Supplementary Application Form, available as a download below, instead lays out the specific information required by the School of English.

MLitt additional application requirements:

  • CV/resume
  • Supplementary application to School of English (Word, 36 KB)(in place of a personal statement)
  • A critical writing sample using both primary and secondary sources (ideally with footnotes and bibliography) of approximately 2,000 words which must be relevant to the proposed course of study.
    NOTE: Applicants for the MLitt in Creative Writing must also enclose a typed portfolio of original verse, prose or play/screenwriting (approximately 10 poems or around 10-15 pages of prose or play/screenwriting) and should state clearly within their application whether they wish to study poetry, prose or writing for performance.
  • Academic transcripts from previous university degrees (scanned certified copies including module grades)
  • IELTS/CPE/TOEFL certificate (if applicable) with an IELTS 8.0 grade minimum or equivalent
  • 2 academic references (directly from referees via the automated system)
     

For research applicants only (PhD/MPhil/MFA):

Applications should be submitted via the fully automated online application system and you should ensure that you have all additional documents required available for upload at point of application.  Prior to this formal process, PhD applicants should ensure that they have already communicated and received approval from a prospective supervisor to proceed to this next stage.

Your research proposal should be original, well thought-out and fully developed by the time you apply formally. It is useful to send a draft version to your prospective supervisor for feedback prior to formal application and as part of the initial communication process. A sample of a PhD CW Research Proposal (PDF, 95 KB) is available for download here as an example of good practice. This has kindly been provided by Christian Livermore, a current PhD student in English, for reference and information only.

The writing sample provided within your application is incredibly important in the assessment process. Ideally, this should be a piece of distinction-grade writing which you have recently completed at Masters level or equivalent, and must be on a theme related to your programme intention.

Research additional application requirements:

  • CV/resume
  • 2 academic references (directly from referees via the automated system)
  • A critical writing sample of approximately 2,000-5,000 words which should be relevant for the research topic proposed.  
    NOTE: Applicants for both the MFA and PhD in Creative Writing must also enclose an additional typed portfolio of original verse, prose or play/screenwriting (approximately 10 poems or around 10-15 pages of prose or play/screenwriting).
  • Certified academic transcripts of study (interim Masters level transcripts are permitted at this stage where final results are not yet known, but please also include your final UG degree transcript)
  • PhD/MPhil/MFA research proposal (PhD/MPhil comprising draft title and a full proposal of at least 2,000 words, including chapter outlines if possible; MFA Year 2 direct entrants should confirm which strand of the programme you are applying for, and also supply a 500 word outline of the proposed creative project; MFA Year 1 entrants should merely state the strand of the programme that you are applying for, and confirm that your intended project will be relevant for that genre)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • IELTS/CPE/TOEFL certificate (if applicable) with an IELTS 8.0 grade minimum or equivalent