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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

Undergraduate

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.

Awards

First in Scotland for creative writing

Guardian University Guide 2021

First in Scotland for English

The Complete University Guide 2021

First in Scotland for research impact

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)