Taught course

Children's Literature

Anglia Ruskin University · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Usually a good / 2:1 honours degree classification (or equivalent) and/or a writing samples/relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note: entry to this course has been postponed until 2021.

A good children’s book stays with you for life. Study the key critical and business contexts of children’s literature and prepare for a lifelong career as a writer, teacher, publisher or scholar.

  • Join the only MA Children’s Literature course in the East of England and London
  • Study without disrupting your work / family life with our blended learning delivery
  • Explore the global children’s literature market in depth

Our MA Children’s Literature will introduce you to the key issues in the field of children’s books, from current critical debates to changing fashions in the publishing industry.

You can explore the two major traditions in children’s literature, mimetic (realist) and the literature of the fantastic, while also gaining wider perspectives on critical theory and research methodologies.

Your studies will embrace the all-important subject of the growing children’s literature market, including its changing nature, the role of translation and the impact of adaptation.

All of your modules will be delivered through blended learning. Each will begin with a period of guided reading, with your personal studies supported by online fora, discussions, tutorials and other VLE-based resources. You will also attend one week of on-site, intensive teaching for each module. This will include lectures, seminars, workshops, student presentations and student-led discussions. For the rest of your studies, including your major project, you will continue to receive weekly tutorial support in essay writing via email or Skype.

All your studies will be supported by a teaching team comprising experts in the field of children’s literature, including Professor Eugene Giddens (co-author of Lewis Carroll’sAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass: A Publishing History) .

You will also have the chance to attend both internal and external events, such as talks by guest speakers and national conferences.

Course Leader: Professor Eugene Giddens

Information for international students

Candidates for whom English is not a first language will be expected to demonstrate a certified level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.Please note that if you require a visa to study in the UK you will need to obtain a short term study visa in order to complete the residential element. For more information please visit our immigration pages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    This course starts in May and runs until the following May (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time). It is delivered by blended learning, meaning much of your study time will be spent online and in preparatory reading, with an intensive week of on-campus attendance for each module. Residential dates for 2020: w/c 7 & 14 September 2020

Course contact details

Course enquiries
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