University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

Now running for over twenty five years, the MA in Children’s Literature is recognised internationally as a benchmark programme in the field and is delivered by the award'winning National Centre of Research in Children’s Literature.

On this acclaimed MA/PG Dip in Children’s Literature you will explore landmark books such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Railway Children, alongside the contemporary innovations of Patrick Ness or Emily Gravett.

You will work alongside staff with international reputations in areas such as adolescence, critical theory, landscape, and philosophy. Plus, many of you will have the chance of working with Roehampton's Chancellor and renowned author Professor Dame Jacqueline Wilson.

As a Children’s Literature student you will become a member of the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL), regarded as the premier institution for children’s literature research in Britain. NCRCL has close links with organisations that work to further the study and teaching of children's literature, including The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Seven Stories (The National Centre for Children’s Books) and Booktrust. The centre also hosts and co'organises an annual one'day British IBBY/NCRCL MA Conference and runs a biennial NCRCL Conference, showcasing themes from members' research interests. Keynote speakers have included Michael Rosen, Matthew Grenby, Emer O’Sullivan, Neil Gaiman, and Julia Eccleshare.

The University is the exclusive Creative Partner of Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, London’s largest event dedicated to children’s writing. The partnership provides paid and voluntary work experience opportunities for students at the festival, as well as opportunities to attend events for free.

Roehampton also hosts a number of Children’s' Literature collections in our library containing 3,000 critical, theoretical, bibliographical and reference works and approximately 40 specialist children's literature journals. We are also home to the Richmal Crompton Collection. This includes her personal library, editions and translations of her famous Just William stories and scripts including short stories and radio plays.

Start Date:

09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Distance Learning Part Time
MA £329 Home Fees
4 years
Distance Learning Part Time
MA £752 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £5,916 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £13,520 Overseas Fees
4 years
Part Time
MA £329 Home Fees
4 years
Part Time
MA £752 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • A good upper second-class honours degree (or above) in a relevant subject area (normally English, history or another humanities subject), or alternatively a teaching qualification, plus further advanced study.
  • Appropriate qualifications and experience, such as publishing, librarianship or freelance research will also be considered.
  • Students without these qualifications may be admitted as associate students, with the possibility of changing to MA/PG Dip subject to the Programme Convener's approval.
  • If you have not quite reached this standard, or feel that you would benefit from a short course in English before you start your degree programme at Roehampton, we can help.
  • You are usually expected to hold a good second-class honours degree (or above) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad. Advice on recognition may be obtained from the Admissions Manager. Non-graduates with appropriate professional or other qualifications may be accepted on an individual basis by course conveners. The level of English required is ACADEMIC IELTS at 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band. See further details at http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate-entry-requirements/