Inspire children by sharing your love of literature.
A degree or equivalent from a recognised Higher Education Institute in the UK or abroad.
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Duration One year full-time or two years part-timeHow to apply for this course
Do you have a passion for children’s literature? Do you want to share literature with children and develop their ability to read for pleasure? Do you want to deepen your own knowledge of the literature, studying and discussing alongside like mind peers? Then this is the course for you!
The study at Masters Level will enable you to immerse yourself in the world of literature for children and young adults gaining experiences and accreditation within a friendly, flexible setting.
Through a blend of learning approaches, you will explore how children’s literature has developed over the last century to offer a diverse range of genres and experiences for children. You will develop your own skills of enquiry and critical appraisal. You will examine relationships between readers, writers, illustrators, texts and contexts. There are opportunities to develop your own pathways of study and to work on the creative writing of children’s literature.
Modules are taught by a team of enthusiastic and experienced experts within the field of children’s literature. We have established links with local and national bodies and can present and offer a variety of experiences and opportunities.
This is a research-driven and practice informed course, designed to help enhance students' professional practice in a variety of scenarios to support children in reading for pleasure. You will develop skills of critical reflection and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the wonderful texts available for today’s young readers. You will be introduced to many new texts and will also rediscover some old favourites. Studies of genres will offer choices to specialise in chosen areas as well as exploring new and possibly unfamiliar fields.
Unique course offering opportunities to critically explore literature written for both children and young adults.
Deepen your own knowledge of literature.
The team offers a wide variety of expertise based on their work with the National Literacy Trust, United Kingdom Literacy Association, Federation of Children’s Book Groups, alongside acknowledged individual research.
“The beauty of this course is that it is student-led, which allows you to develop your own literary and research interests. I have creative freedom to craft my own writing, I am currently researching the extent to which David Walliams is being positioned as the ‘new’ Roald Dahl and I am looking forward to producing my own original creative writing. I intend to train as an English teacher, and this course will be invaluable in terms of informing and developing my own teaching philosophy.”
“The freedom to explore the aspects of literature that resonate with me has kept me constantly engaged, whilst the tutorials are invaluable in helping me contextualise and explore other sub-genres and authors. The amount of support you get at Marjon means that it is impossible not to develop academically. I have additional needs and see a study tutor and mentor every week which has helped me settle quickly. My tutor has been fantastic and given more support than I would ever have imagined.”
The themes that dominate Children’s and Young Adults’ literature today.
The reading or writing of Children's and Young Adults' literature and how narrative contributes to ideological constructions of society.
What makes a children's book successful.
“ The programme is very attractive, especially the inclusion of Young Adult within the title which had made the programme more distinct from that offered elsewhere and should not only attract undergraduates from a variety of programmes but also applicants working in the fields of publishing and journalism.”
This course allows the student to gain advanced knowledge and understanding within the field of children's literature, this therefore leads towards a career working closely with parents, teachers and children.
After completion of this MA students will be able to embark on a career helping others to develop a passion for children's literacy whilst also helping to raise children's standards in reading. This may be achieved through teaching in schools, librarians, nursery staff or social work.
Fees UK students: £6,500
Fees for International students: £12,000
Learning and teaching methods will be varied and flexible meeting the needs of the course participants, and include workshops, lectures, conferences, visiting writers, digital learning and supported independent study.
Students submit work for marking, moderation and external examination. A range of assessment types exist in the modules, including a dissertation, portfolios, presentations, creative writing, essays, reflective studies or practice based study.
Karen brings over 30 years’ experience in working inside and outside University, FHE, informal education and business settings. She is expert in developing flexible study routes to meet the needs of students from a wide range of professional settings and won the University’s student-led ‘Inspiration’ teaching award in 2016.View full profile
Visiting Lecturer: MA Literature for Children and Young AdultsView profile
Hayden is an academic and novelist published by Pan Macmillan and Simon & Schuster. Her PhD asked the question, ‘Which stories might we be telling now in the hope of forming part of a coherent and useful response to environmental crisis?’. Hayden’s research and teaching are actively engaged with ecocritical ideas about well-being and reconnection with nature.
Visiting Lecturer - LiteratureView profile
Rowan, a qualified primary school teacher, specialises in the relationship between children’s literature and the young people who read it. She teaches about the ways educators can best use books to promote critical thinking, empathy, and a love of reading in children.