Gain an in-depth knowledge of approaches to – and the history of – children's literature with our MRes in Children's Literature, Britain's oldest accredited master's degree on children's literature from literary perspectives.
Our MRes in Children's Literature is is an interdisciplinary degree, engaging with childhood studies and children's media. You will learn through small seminar group teaching and one-to-one dissertation supervision by renowned specialists.
You will also receive outstanding preparation for various careers in cultural, educational and media industries, or for further study through a PhD. For example, some of our students have spent part of their time with us on placements with employers such as publishers.
The University of Reading is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for English Language and Literature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018. You will have full access to the University's many facilities, including the Library, Sports Centre, and Reading University Students' Union, and all students benefit from departmental facilities and events such as research talks and guest lectures, especially the research seminars run by the Centre for International Research in Childhood: Literature, Culture, Media (CIRCL).
The MRes in Children’s Literature is run under the aegis of the CIRCL. Our teaching staff are all CIRCL researchers and world-leading specialists in aspects of childhood and children’s literature, publishing in leading international journals and producing edited volumes together, as well as each publishing monographs in the field. Their research includes work on theoretical approaches to childhood, gender and sexual identities, childhood and neuroscience, childhood and animals, childhood and film, childhood in nineteenth-century English fiction, and theories of pedagogy.
IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK. For the MRes, you'll need to submit copies of two essays you wrote during your degree (not on children's literature) and a 500-word statement of motivation..
What will you study?
Theoretical approaches to children’s literature
Nineteenth-century children’s literature
Twentieth-century and twenty-first century children’s literature
Myth and folktale in children’s literature
Post/colonial children’s fiction
North American children’s literature
Children’s film, radio, television
Popular forms of children’s fiction
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,100 per year
New international students: £17,100 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in September 2021. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Graduates of our MRes in Children's Literature continue on to, or return to, careers in teaching, publishing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector and advertising, as well as going on to do PhD research. Students report that their careers are supported by the skills they have acquired, not only in terms of subject expertise, but also critical thinking, advanced understanding and writing.