Taught course

Children's Literature

Trinity College Dublin - the University of Dublin · School of English

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or a GPA of at least 3.3). A sample of the candidate's own critical writing (3,000-5,000 words) is also required. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

Children's literature is recognised as a remarkable and dynamic part of literary and social culture. This course, the first full-time one year taught Masters programme in an Irish university, offers graduates in English or related disciplines the opportunity to study a broad range of children's literature in English. It addresses chronologies, genres, modes of criticism, publishing trends and the full apparatus of literary investigation across four centuries, while addressing the unique power dynamics that arise from adult authors writing for child readers. It is particularly concerned with multidisciplinary study because of the unique integration of words and images through the medium of picture books and graphic novels, and because its readership is more likely than any other to be 'technological natives' - to have grown up taking multimedia approaches to texts for granted. Complete in itself, the course may also serve as preparation for those intending to proceed to further research in the field. Unique opportunities exist to work with the Pollard Collection, the bequest of more than 10,000 children's books left to the College by Mary Paul Pollard, one time keeper of Early Printed Books, in 2005.

Course Content
There are three elements:
1. Perspectives and case studies in children’s literature
(core module),
2. Optional modules include: The child and Victorian literature;
Tolkien: books for children and children’s literature; Historical
novels; Young Adult fiction; ‘Be Merry and Wise’: the rise of
children’s literature. . Students choose one optional module
in Michaelmas term and a second in Hilary term. Some of the
options are shared with the MPhil in Popular Literature.
3. Dissertation
Assessment is through four 5,000–7,000 word essays and a
15,000 word dissertation.

Information for international students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Amanda Piesse Dr Pádraic Whyte
+353 1 896 1934 / 1224