Creative Writing (MLitt) University of St Andrews




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Course info


The MLitt in Creative Writing develops original work while providing critical and creative study in either poetry or prose. The MLitt offers practice-based, technically and creatively oriented tuition by leading contemporary authors with an emphasis on the development of individual style, and the goal of literary excellence.

Course information

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.


  • have the opportunity to study with leading contemporary authors
  • gain a firm grounding in style and technique
  • learning critical thinking and the ability to be your own best editor
  • learn the importance of broad and well-informed reading in the development of an original ‘voice’
  • develop an awareness of creative industry norms in publication and networking.

Teaching format

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. The School of English prides itself on its support of student work through detailed feedback and commentary.


Graduates of the course have gone on to become published writers or pursue careers in a range of sectors including journalism, marketing, publishing and teaching.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Creative Writing (MLitt).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

£20,370.00 (21,03,168) per year




University of St Andrews

College Gate,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Entry requirement for international students

Students need a good 2.1 honours undergraduate degree. Exceptionally, a candidate who demonstrates outstanding writing abilities may be accepted on the basis of an equivalent qualification (e.g. a body of published work or a relevant professional qualification), but such cases are at the discretion of staff and require decanal approval. IELTS (Academic): 8.0 Minimum component scores (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) and 8.0 minimum overall score; TOEFL IBT: 110 minimum overall score with Listening: 28; Reading: 29; Writing: 30; Speaking: 26.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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