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 or the MLitt in Playwriting and Screenwriting. 

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 prizewinning 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, prose or writing for performance (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)



Creative Writing MLitt
Playwriting and Screenwriting MLitt


The School of English offers two Masters of Fine Art degrees: one in creative writing and one in playwriting and screenwriting.


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.

Creative Writing research centres and institutes

There is currently one research centre specifically relating to Creative Writing at St Andrews. 

The Creative Writing research group is home to some of the most highly regarded poets, fiction-writers, and dramatists in the country. They specialise in diverse genres ranging from poetry and poetry in translation, to the short story, the novel, life writing, the literary essay, travel writing, and drama for the stage, radio and screen. 

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 first in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017, second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017, and third in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2017.


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