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 studying recent and contemporary writing), and to encourage students to develop their own original work. 


Undergraduate - 2020 entry

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 - 2020 entry

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 

Postgraduate - 2020 entry


Creative Writing MLitt


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


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.

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Research in Creative Writing

Creative writing is taught within the School of English, which has a dynamic research culture. The Creative Writing research group works with students on developing their prose or poetry skills. Research interests include:

  • poetry and poetry in translation
  • the short story
  • the novel
  • life writing
  • the literary essay
  • travel writing
  • drama.

Find out more about research in the School of English

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

The School of English was ranked first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2020 and third in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.


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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2666

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