Creative Writing

Both undergraduate and postgraduate students can study creative writing at St Andrews. Undergraduates studying English have the option to choose creative writing modules, whilst postgraduate students have the option of the MLitt or MFA in Creative Writing. 

St Andrews was the first Scottish university to offer a postgraduate degree in creative writing, and since the MLitt degree was set up in 1993, many alumni have gone on to publish prize-winning literary fiction and poetry in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. The aim of the postgraduate Creative Writing programmes is to provide intensive critical and creative engagement with either poetry or prose (with an emphasis on the study of recent and contemporary writing), and to encourage the development of students' original work. 



St Andrews does not offer a single Honours degree in Creative Writing, but undergraduates studying English may choose some creative writing modules. The Creative Writing research group offers undergraduate instruction and mentorship in poetry, fiction, and drama.

English MA (Hons)
English BA (International Hons)

International Foundation programmes

International Foundation programmes prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.

Social Sciences and Humanities September Foundation
Social Sciences and Humanities January Foundation 



Creative Writing MLitt


The School of English offers a Masters of Fine Art degreein creative writing.


The Creative Writing PhD is recommended only for students who can demonstrate equal facility in both academic research and creative work. Interested parties should in the first instance contact the most suitable supervisor for their project with a draft of their research proposal and a sample of original writing.

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Creative Writing research centres and institutes

Creative writing is taught within the School of English, which has a dynamic research culture.

Funding opportunities

There is a range of funding opportunities available at all levels of study. 


Faculty of Arts scholarships offer financial assistance for students studying in the Faculty of Arts who are academically gifted but would otherwise struggle with the cost of studying at St Andrews. 

Undergraduate scholarships



The School of English offers MLitt scholarships to Masters level entrants, and research funding to PhD and MFA applicants. 

Postgraduate taught scholarships

Funding for PhD students


REF 2014

‌The School of English was ranked first in Scotland and sixth in the UK by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. 86% of the School's research was rated world leading and internationally excellent.

University league tables

English at St Andrews was ranked second in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2019 and third in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2019.


Creative Writing
School of English
University of St Andrews
Castle House
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AL

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2666

Creative Writing website