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What will I learn?

MFA is a higher credential than the MLitt, and is the internationally recognized standard for teachers of Creative Writing in secondary and tertiary higher education; most consider the MFA the qualification required to teach creative writing in North America and Europe.

St Andrews is one of the first universities in the UK to confer an MFA degree. Within the programme, students will be able to focus on producing a substantial piece of creative work under the supervision of a world-class writing faculty, and on preparing themselves as teachers of writing in a variety of instructional contexts.

The MFA in Creative Writing has two separate streams: Poetry and Prose, and prospective students should apply for one stream only. For their final submission, students on the prose track will submit a thesis of publishable quality of around 40,000 words; for poetry, a thesis of about 40 pages of verse.


The benefits of postgraduate study at St Andrews stretch far beyond graduation. As well as joining a long line of notable alumni and academics, postgraduate students are supported in their next steps by both the Careers Centre and the University alumni relations team.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£20,370.00 (US$ 28,037) per year
The MFA is a two-year programme. Fees quoted above are for the first year. In the second year, fees will be charged in line with the equivalent research fee for 2022-2023 (which will usually be confirmed by January 2022).

This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of St Andrews

College Gate,

St Andrews,

KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Postgraduate candidates will normally be expected to hold a BA or BS with a grade point average range of 3.0 to 3.6+/4.0 or equivalent GPA. Postgraduate entrance requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study.

For international students

MFA Year 1 entrants – Normally a good honours level undergraduate degree or equivalent. MFA Year 2 entrants – Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a Masters degree in Creative Writing at distinction level grade.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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.