Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is designed for those who have an interest in the academic study of children's literature and/or work in education such as teachers or librarians, those in publishing and children's media and authors and artists who want to create texts for children. Students deepen their familiarity with the range and diversity of genres for children from 'classic' works to contemporary texts and develop detailed knowledge and critical understanding of issues and debates in the field. Studying children's literature at Goldsmiths will also involve examining how texts for children reflect contested constructions of childhood. Students can select courses that will support creative writing practices and enable them to work with practising and published creative writing lecturers and education lecturers to study and explore the nature of writing for children. Students explore the relationship between reader, writer, text and context, and consider the processes that underpin those interactions. The course also examines the inherent paradox that studying children's literature will involve adults writing, selecting and responding to texts that are normally intended for children.

Course Modules

Core modules: children's literature: theory and reading practice; children's literature and cultural diversity; dissertation. Optional modules: children's literature in action (project'based module); an optional module in the department of educational studies.

Course Additional Entry

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a related field. Applicants might also be considered for some programmes if they aren't a graduate or possess a degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that they have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £7,080  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate)