Taught course

Children's Literature, Media & Culture

Institution
University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences
Qualifications
IntM

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant arts and humanities (e.g. English language, literature, history, anthropology, library and information studies) or social science (e.g. education, sociology, politics) subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This unique, two-year degree provides an interdisciplinary study of the interaction between children, texts and media, along with the opportunity to study and live in at least three European countries. You will be able to engage with an array of cultural events related to children’s literature and media, and participate in a placement with a practitioner organisation.

Why this programme

  • This is a unique programme that draws on the recognised strengths of the consortium partners to offer a joint degree that engages in children’s literature, media and culture.
  • Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this programme. The other universities are Aarhus University, Tilburg University and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • The programme includes the study of a wide variety of genres and considers new developments in the production of texts and media for children, including multimodal forms and digital technologies.
  • You will receive a theoretical grounding in children’s literature and media as well as the opportunity to complete bespoke placements.
  • You will be supported by a friendly, internationally acclaimed team of scholars who work in both the arts and humanities and the social sciences.
  • You will have access to world class libraries, teaching and research facilities, as well as museums and other cultural organisations.
  • The programme builds upon the foundations of the MEd in Children’s Literature & Literacies at the University of Glasgow which has been running for 6 years.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at the programme universities for one semester. The periods of mobility are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the three core themes of the programme and promote valuable knowledge and practical skills based outcomes that will feed into future career opportunities.

During year 1 you will undertake a series of core courses which reflect the main themes of the programme and methods of enquiry delivered in Glasgow and Aarhus. In year 2 you will choose a specialist pathway in either Barcelona or Tilburg and will complete a work-based learning placement. The final mobility period can be spent with either partner, depending on your chosen topic of dissertation. The programme also includes an optional summer school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver at the end of year 1.

  • Semester 1: September - December (Glasgow): Historical and critical perspectives
  • Semester 2: January - May (Aarhus): Children’s Literature in a mediatised world
  • Summer (optional): June-August (Vancouver)
  • Semester 3: September – January: Pathway 1 (Barcelona) – Promotion of reading OR Pathway 2 (Tilburg) - Transcultural trajectories
  • Semester 4: February - July (Glasgow, Aarhus, Tilburg or Barcelona): independent study; dissertation

Core courses

Year 1

  • Children’s literature and childhood
  • Children’s literature, texts and media
  • Children’s literature: critical enquiry
  • Children’s literature: from the printing press to virtual reality
  • Crossing boundaries: children’s literature and other media (online)
  • Digital literature (online)
  • Life writing and fan fiction
  • Literature and picturebooks for the early years (0-8).

Year 2

  • Canon formation
  • Children’s literature for a diverse world
  • Children’s literature in translation
  • Developing reading programmes for different contexts
  • Literature and media in wider social contexts
  • Placements with publishers/libraries
  • Promoting reading through cultural activities
  • Research on literary education
  • Reviewing children’s and young adult books.

Optional courses (summer school)

  • Historical and archival children’s literature
  • Illustrated literature and other materials for children
  • Writing, publishing and the book trade for children.

Career prospects

Graduates will develop key skills sought by many employers, including the ability to find, select and analyse texts and empirical data; confident and persuasive oral and written communication skills; and problem solving through creative and critical thinking. The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in media, education and literacy, publishing, archive and information studies, heritage and creative industries, as well as a springboard for PhD study and an academic career.

Information for international students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,100 per annum (2 year programme)
International students
£11,050 per annum (2 year programme)

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Qualification and course duration

IntM

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Evelyn Arizpe
Email
evelyn.arizpe@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone
0141 330 4515