Taught course

Creative Writing

University of St Andrews · School of English

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (UK 2.1) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Creative Writing encourages the development of students' original work while providing intensive critical and creative study in poetry, prose or writing for performance.

Course highlights

  • Individual mentors help you to hone your creative practice and to further develop your expressive voice.
  • The course emphasises best practice in recent and contemporary writing, and modules are taught by published authors familiar with the writing process.
  • Small class sizes of three to ten students allows for extremely high levels of individual attention.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Creative Writing is a one-year taught programme run by the School of English. The course consists of two semesters with taught components followed by an individual creative writing project taking place over the whole year, but with particular focus during the last three months.

Teaching methods include seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. Class sizes typically range from three to ten students, ensuring high levels of individual attention. Modules are assessed through coursework essays, original writing and the final dissertation.

Writing for Performance students will participate in a number of theatre visits and will be required to meet costs of approximately £200.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, evidence of English proficiency will be required e.g. IELTS 8.0 or equivalent

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

School scholarship may be available. Please see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (7500 - 15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462668