Taught course

Children's Literature & Literacies

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Education
Qualifications
MEd

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This is the first programme in Scotland dedicated to children’s and young adult’s literature as a primary resource and a field of academic study. You will develop a specialisation that is highly valued in professions such as education, library services and children’s media.

Why this programme

  • The programme gives you the opportunity to take a literary and critical stance to well-loved texts, as well as to contemporary authors whose texts push the boundaries of children’s literature.
  • You will investigate new developments in the production of texts for children using multimodal forms and digital technologies.
  • You will discuss recent theories of language and literacy development and consider how they can be supported by traditional and multimodal texts for children.
  • This programme provides the opportunity to learn, share experiences and insights and create networks with international students from a range of backgrounds in teaching, publishing and related academic disciplines.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses and one optional course, and produce a dissertation based on a specialised topic.

Core courses

  • Children’s literature and literacies: critical enquiry
  • Introduction to educational and social research
  • Modern educational thought
  • Reframing language, literature and literacies for 21st century life
  • Texts for children: from the printing press to virtual reality.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced educational research
  • Developing literacy
  • Identities, relationships and behaviours
  • International and comparative education
  • Texts for diversity: language across learning for children with English as an additional language.

Career prospects

This programme is an excellent source of professional development if you’re already working in education, library services, publishing and children’s media, or are looking to move into these areas.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

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 6.5
  • 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: 92; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening:23
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall; no sub-test less than 62
  • 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
£7250
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MEd

part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Evelyn Arizpe
Email
Evelyn.Arizpe@glasgow.ac.uk