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The study of English at the University of St Andrews has a long and distinguished history that is sustained in the scholarly, critical, and creative dynamism of today's School of English. In the present day, the School enjoys an international reputation as a centre for both academic research and literary creativity. In the 2008 RAE, the School had 70% of its research and writing rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. The School's richest inheritance, however, is its collegiality: we pride ourselves on our friendliness, and on our common enthusiasm for great literature.
Postgraduate students are an integral part of this research-intensive school. At any one time there is a community of more than 80 students reading for either MLitt, MFA, MPhil or PhD degrees in English. Research students' work covers the broadest ranges within English, American and Commonwealth literature, while taught MLitt degrees include Creative Writing, Mediaeval English, Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, Romantic/Victorian Studies, Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture, and Women, Writing and Gender.
The hub of the postgraduate community is 66 North Street, an early nineteenth-century building entirely given over to English postgraduates. It offers benchrooms of networked computers for all postgraduates and shared office-space for more senior PhD students as well as a common room, kitchen and lovely private garden, all within five minutes' walk of both the School and the University Library.
All research postgraduates are associate members of at least one of the School's four research groups:
Medieval and Renaissance
18th Century, Romantic and Victorian
Modern and Contemporary
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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. Read more
The MLitt in Medieval English is an intensive one-year taught programme run by the School of English. The course covers the medieval literature of England and Scotland from the Anglo-Saxon period to the early Renaissance. Read more
The MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture is an intensive one-year taught programme run by the School of English. Read more
The MLitt in Playwriting and Screenwriting is a one-year taught programme run by the School of English. In this course, you will develop your skills in writing for radio, theatre and screen with an emphasis on your individual voice and style. Read more
The MLitt in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture is an intensive one-year taught programme run by the School of English. Read more
The MLitt in Women, Writing and Gender is an intensive one-year taught programme run by the School of English. The course aims to introduce students to key issues surrounding the contemporary discussion of gender. Read more