English Literature

Creative Writing

This taught Masters programme offers students the opportunity to engage with aspects of the writing process relevant to their chosen field of interest - fiction or poetry.


This one-year, full-time taught MSc offers students the opportunity to focus in depth on their own practice - of poetry or fiction - and develop both creative and critical skills through a combination of weekly workshops and seminars.

Aims and outcomes

The programme seeks to establish a responsive forum of students and tutors, of intelligent readers and acute listeners within a supportive yet challenging environment.

Programme structure

Here is detailed information about the structure of the programme.


Edinburgh’s history and vitality in the field of writing was formally recognised in October 2004, when it became the first UNESCO World City of Literature, a designation intended to further enhance literary activity in the city.

Staff expertise

The MSc in Creative Writing draws upon the outstanding existing research and teaching strengths of members of the Department of English Literature at Edinburgh University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for this programme, and possible funding opportunities.

Former students

Our alumni have gone on to achieve success in a wide range of fields.

Contact us

For any queries of an academic nature, please contact the Programme Director - Jane McKie.

Entry requirements and apply online

You can apply online for this MSc programme.

Entry requirements and apply online

Programme handbook

View the current student handbook for this programme.

Programme Handbook 2016/17

50GS - Creative Arts Magazine

50GS is a new digital literary journal of poetry, prose, innovative and cross-genre texts, video poems, literary videos and artwork established by students from 50 George Square.