Taught course

Children's Literature

University of Reading · Department of English Literature

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. Normally a 2:1 BA degree in English Literature, Education, Literary or Cultural Studies or other related subjects.

Months of entry


Course content

This M(Res) is world-famous for deploying critical and cultural theory to question assumptions underlying children’s literature, children’s literature criticism and wider assumptions about childhood, reading, literature, education, perception and consciousness. It is a highly challenging academic degree and suits students who are interested in considering complex issues at the highest academic level. On the course, you will to learn to think independently and critically, and read critically and analytically in preparation for potential PhD research. This particular focus of the Reading MA in Children’s Literature is not just unique in the Faculty but globally.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required. Normal requirements are: • an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 6.0 or • an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Mrs Jan Cox