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Children’s Literature (By Distance Learning)

This unique course allows you to study children’s literature in an online, flexible and part-time format from wherever you are in the world.

Key Facts



MA (Hons) Children’s Literature (By Distance Learning)


Degree Duration

2 year :Part Time


Start Dates

September 2023

Degree Overview

You will explore the exciting and varied world of children’s literature, and 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.

As a distance learner you will have support from the Department, regular contact with your tutors, access to specialist services, and a wide range of e-books and digitised items from the Children’s Literature Collection at the University Library which contains 3,000 critical, theoretical, bibliographical and reference works and approximately 40 specialist children’s literature journals.

Through this programme 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. The 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 University is also the exclusive Creative Partner of Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, London’s largest event dedicated to children’s writing.


You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources.

Why Study this Degree

This unique course allows you to study children’s literature in a flexible, part-time format from wherever you are in the world.

Graduates of this master’s programme typically pursue careers in teaching, writing, children’s publishing, librarianship and arts management

You can study flexibly with the option to take stand-alone qualification (PGDip) or complete the full MSc