University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

This unique course allows you to study children?s literature in a flexible, part-time format from wherever you are in the world. You will explore the exciting and varied world of children?s literature, and to examine how texts aimed at young people convey and challenge ideas about childhood. You will work with staff who have international reputations in areas such as philosophy in children's literature, popular fiction, adolescence and young adult fiction, early children's books, and writing for young people. The Distance Learning MA is taught through a mixture of independent study, tutor feedback, and peer support. You will have access to an online learning environment, allowing you to work with digital materials, watch video lectures, and engage in learning activities. You will have the chance to discuss ideas with other students through discussion boards and interact with your tutor in online seminars. At the end of each module, you will complete a piece of coursework, usually an essay, to demonstrate your understanding of the subject. This programme asks you to think about children?s literature in new ways. In your first year you will be introduced to essential critical approaches, from postcolonial theory, psychoanalysis, and reader-response criticism, to new ideas about the child, power and ethics. Using these tools, you?ll study a selection of fairy tales, picture books and short stories, including classics and contemporary and innovative texts. Possible careers include teaching and librarianship, children?s publishing and arts management. Students can also exit with PGDip award.

Start Date:

The study period is between 2-4 years..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a good second-class honours degree in English Lit/English Lit combined degree (if they have a degree in another discipline, provide evidence of literary studies in their transcript or personal statement).
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band; TOEFL Internet Based Test: Overall: 89, Reading: 18, Writing: 17, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20; Pearson Test of English: 59 overall with no less than 51 in any band; Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Overall : 176, Listening : 162, Reading : 162, Speaking : 162, Writing : 162; Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Overall : 169, Listening : 162, Reading : 162, Speaking : 162, Writing : 162.