Discover your strengths as a writer and develop your own original voice.
At St Andrews, you can specialise in poetry, prose, or drama. You will be mentored by published fiction writers, playwrights and poets who are familiar with the writing process and the creative industry.
The School of English offers two Master of Fine Arts degrees in creative writing and Playwriting & Screenwriting.
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.
First in the UK for English
Guardian University Guide 2023
First in Scotland and third in the UK for English
The Complete University Guide 2023
91% of research activity rated 3* or 4*
The most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021)
School of English
The School of English at the University of St Andrews has a long and distinguished history. Today, the School enjoys an international reputation as a centre for both academic research and literary creativity.
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