Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Children's Literature

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Assessment methods

Assessment is via coursework, essays, project, dissertation and creative writing (optional).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

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