Creative writing

Discover your strengths as a writer and develop your own original voice.

At St Andrews, you can specialise in poetry, prose, or drama. You will be mentored by published fiction writers, playwrights and poets who are familiar with the writing process and the creative industry.

Susan in a class


Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate research

The School of English offers two Master of Fine Arts degrees in creative writing and Playwriting & Screenwriting.

The creative writing PhD is recommended only for students who can demonstrate equal ability in both academic research and creative work. If you are interested in taking a PhD in creative writing, you should first contact the most suitable supervisor for your project with a draft of your research proposal and a sample of original writing.


First in the UK for English

Guardian University Guide 2023

First in Scotland and third in the UK for English

The Complete University Guide 2023

91% of research activity rated 3* or 4*

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)