Inspire children, young adults, families and learning communities to use literature to support reading for enjoyment and wider engagement in learning.
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 and young adults’ literature? Do you wish to explore how authors and selected literature promote both reading and engagement in issues such as community, identity, inclusion, the environment, climate change, mental health & well-being? Do you wish to produce your own creative writing for children or young adults? If so, then this is the course for you.
MA Literature for Children and Young Adults blends digital learning including on-line talks, lectures and readings by authors such as Philip Pullman, Katherine Rundell, Michael Morpurgo, Naomi Shihab Nye and others, with on-campus learning such as lectures, seminars, tutorials. You'll explore how children’s literature has developed since the nineteenth century into an exciting, imaginative, contemporary mix of genres including the historical and adventure novel, graphic literature, fantasy and sci-fi, drama, poetry, picturebooks, film, theatre and digital ‘imagineering’. You'll also develop high-level skills in enquiry & critical appraisal and pursue your own author and genre-focused interests through a range of written assessments, in addition to producing your own portfolio of creative writing.
You will read very widely throughout the course. Pre-course reading lists encourage you to dip your toes into the vast landscape of children’s and young adults’ literature. Through close studies of chosen books you will interrogate the relationship/s between authors, illustrators, readers, texts and contexts.
Part-time study option lets you study alongside work
Opportunities to explore and research your own author and genre interests
Produce original creative writing for children and young adults
A culture of shared peer learning – to extend your knowledge of authors and genres
Gain new insights into the challenges wrought by Covid on children, families and communities and explore the ‘restorative’ potential of children’s and young adults’ literature;
Use an eco-critical lens’ to explore the relationship(s) between text, reader and engagement in environmental and climate issues
“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.”
Many of our students are teachers, choosing to take their knowledge and learning into the classroom to develop and enhance reading for pleasure. Other students are librarians, education leaders, parents, actors, community arts workers and writers, all of whom plan to use their new-found knowledge to promote reading and wider learning. Perhaps you will be among them – read Tom’s and Keiran’s stories above and be inspired.
Graduates of MA Literature for Children and Young Adults have chosen to progress their careers in community & family learning, pupil support, acting & performance, teaching.
Fees UK students: £6,500
Fees for International students: £12,000
Full-time and part-time students are required to join formal lectures and wider blended learning every Thursday over a three term academic structure (Sept-January, January-May, and May-July).
Further time is spent in individual, tutor-supported research, pursuing your own authorial and genre interests, preparing writing for peer appraisal, attending 1:1 tutorials and seminars.
Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BH.
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 leads our work on creative writing. She is a published fiction writer and an expert on eco-critical discourse and research. Her portfolio in eco-research includes leading the Devon initiative for the national ‘Lost Words’ Project in partnership with the celebrated writer, Robert Macfarlane and illustrator, Jackie Morris.
Visiting Lecturer - LiteratureView profile
Rowan is closely involved with local and regional initiatives to support children’s reading for pleasure - working with schools, bookshops, community interest initiatives, librarians, universities and family learning partners to foster a love of reading within schools and wider education settings. She is also a qualified primary school teacher.