Taught course

Children's Literature

University of Reading · Department of English Literature

Entry requirements

You are normally required to have a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK) in English literature, education, literary or cultural studies or related subjects.

Months of entry


Course content

Choose from a distinctive range of master’s programmes and actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections. Our master’s teaching at the University of Reading is highly rated for its friendliness and expertise. You will be taught in small groups, with lecturers and professors leading discussion and giving lectures. There are three teaching terms, and assessment is by essays and a dissertation written over the summer. You will be given an expert supervisor for your dissertation, who will meet with you for a number of one-to-one advice sessions. Our master’s are taught programmes, but they also provide appropriate research training for those going on to PhDs. As part of this, you will actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections. As a master’s student in this thriving and dynamic Department, you will be welcomed at a number of special events, including research seminars and guest lectures. We have concentrated expertise in Early Modern Studies, Samuel Beckett, Children’s Literature, and Writing and Publishing History.

• Provides in-depth knowledge of approaches to, and the history of, children’s literature

• Oldest accredited master’s degree in the world on children’s literature from literary perspectives

• Small seminar group teaching by renowned specialists

• Interdisciplinary degree, engaging with Childhood Studies and Children’s Media

• Outstanding preparation for PhD and various careers in cultural, educational and media industries

Our students continue on to, or return to, careers in teaching, publishing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector and advertising, as well as going on to do PhD research. Students report that their careers are supported by the skills they have acquired not only in terms of subject expertise, but also critical thinking, advanced understanding and writing.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

Professor Karin Lesnik-Oberstein