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Creative Writing, M.Litt.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #97 (QS) ,
The MLitt in Creative Writing encourages the development of students' original work while providing intensive critical and creative study in either poetry or prose. The School also offers a separate MLitt in Playwriting and Screenwriting.


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.HighlightsIndividual 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 award-winning published authors.Small class sizes of three to ten students allows for extremely high levels of individual attention.

Programme Structure

Students choose two optional modules in a chosen subject area (prose or poetry) to take over both Semesters 1 and 2.

  • Writing Prose 1 and 2: a critical and practical study of the writing of literary prose, including short and long fiction, as well as the literary essay, life writing and other non-fiction forms. 
  • Writing Poetry 1 and 2: a range of essential topics in poetry and its composition, including the creative process, sound and sentence, the poetic line, imagery, metaphor, metre and meaning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

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  • the grades and qualifications that you have already achieved, or are predicted to achieve
  • the context in which your qualifications have been, or will be achieved; this could include your age, whether any resit exams were taken, and other extenuating factors
  • your personal statement. Find out more about what we look for in a personal statement in the section below.
  • your academic references
  • performance at interview, where appropriate
  • relevant work or other experience, where appropriate
  • English language ability, where appropriate

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    17600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Saint Andrews

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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