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MA/PGDip Children's Literature (Distance Learning)

MA/PGDip Children's Literature (Distance Learning)

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Child Development (Education) Literature

Course type


Course Summary


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

Career Options

Graduates of this master's programme typically pursue careers in teaching, writing, children's publishing, librarianship, and arts management. You will also achieve PGDip award in this course.


This core module introduces a challenging and exciting range of critical and theoretical approaches to the study of children's literature. Each week, students will encounter different key concepts and ideas that have shaped literary criticism in general, and children's literature, specifically. These include Feminism and Gender Identity Politics, Psychoanalysis, Postcolonial approaches to literature, Ecocriticism, Queer Theory, Reader Response Theory, Carnivalesque approaches to literature, and Theories of Power. Using these critical and theoretical lenses, students will learn how to critically analyse a variety of fairy tales, short-form fiction, picture books, and poems, and will be guided in their understanding and application of literary criticism. Overall, this module provides students with essential critical tools for the rest of their programme of study in children's literature. It also familiarizes students with the distance mode of study, offering crucial scaffolding for learning.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Sep 2022 entry fees: £6,995 and it is a guide for part time students

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Sep 2022 entry fees: £14,867 and it is a guide for part time students

Entry requirements

You need a good second-class honours degree in English Literature, or a combined honours of English Literature plus another subject. If you have a degree in another discipline, please provide evidence of literary studies in your transcript or personal statement.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more