Taught course

Literature for Children and Young Adults

Plymouth Marjon University · Department of English Language Teaching

Entry requirements

A degree or equivalent from a recognised Higher Education Institute in the UK or abroad.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you have a passion for children’s and young adults’ literature? Do you wish to explore how authors and selected literature promote both reading and engagement in issues such as community, identity, inclusion, the environment, climate change, mental health & well-being? Do you wish to produce your own creative writing for children or young adults? If so, then this is the course for you.

You'll learn through a blend of digital learning including online talks, lectures and readings by authors such as Philip Pullman, Katherine Rundell, Michael Morpurgo, Naomi Shihab Nye and others, and on-campus learning such as lectures, seminars and tutorials). You will explore how children’s literature has developed since the nineteenth century into an exciting, imaginative, contemporary mix of genres including the historical and adventure novel, graphic literature, fantasy and sci-fi, drama, poetry, picturebooks, film, theatre and digital ‘imagineering’, etc.

You will develop high-level skills in enquiry & critical appraisal and pursue your own author & genre-focused interests through a range of written assessments, in addition to producing your own portfolio of creative writing.

You will read very widely throughout the course – pre-course reading lists encourage you to dip your toes into the vast landscape of children’s and young adults’ literature. Through close studies of chosen books you will interrogate the relationship/s between authors, illustrators, readers, texts and contexts.

Information for international students

Students must have an IELTS score of 6

Fees for International students: £14,500 per annum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Fees UK students: £8,000 per annum

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1752 636700