MA in Literature for Children and Young Adults at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS

Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

MA in Literature for Children and Young Adults (Taught)

Course options

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Course summary

Do you have a passion for children’s literature? Do you want to share literature with children and develop their ability to read for pleasure? Do you want to deepen your own knowledge of the literature, studying and discussing alongside like mind peers? Then this is the course for you! The study at Masters Level will enable you to immerse yourself in the world of literature for children and young adults gaining experiences and accreditation within a friendly, flexible setting. Through a blend of learning you will be explore how children’s literature has developed over the last century to offer a diverse range of genres and experiences for children. You will develop your own skills of enquiry and critical appraisal. You will examine relationships between readers, writers, illustrators, text and content. There are opportunities to develop your own pathways of study and to work on the creative writing of children’s literature. Modules are taught by a team of enthusiastic and experienced experts within the field of children’s literature. We have established links with local and national bodies and can present and offer a variety of experiences and opportunities. This course provides the opportunity to study full (one year) on campus, or part (three years) via distance learning and blended learning, allowing those within the professional field to continue with their employment whilst also developing their academic selves. This is a research-driven and practice informed course, designed to help enhance students' professional practice in a variety of scenarios to support children in reading for pleasure. You will develop skills of critical reflection and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the wonderful texts available for today’s young readers. You will be introduced to many new texts and will also rediscover some old favourites. Studies of genres will offer choices to specialise in chosen areas as well as exploring new and possibly unfamiliar fields. Teaching will be through a variety of formats from seminars, lectures, workshops, tutorials to online discussions and independent tasks. Planned research talks from visiting academics and authors will form highlights of the course and lively conference opportunities will enable you to engage with many people in the same areas of study.


Each module is worth 30 credits towards a Masters qualification: Turning the Page: An Examination of the Development of Literature for Children and Young Adults Opening Stories: Genres and Themes in Literature for Children and Young Adults Research Design Creative writing for Children and Young Adults Research Dissertation OR Creative Writing Dissertation

Assessment method

A range of assessment types exist in the modules, including a dissertation, portfolios, presentations, creative writing, essays, reflective studies or practice based study.

Entry requirements

A first degree or its equivalent from a recognised Higher Education Institute in the UK or abroad. International students must have an IELTS score of 6.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8000 Whole course
EU £14500 Whole course
England £8000 Whole course
Northern Ireland £8000 Whole course
Scotland £8000 Whole course
Wales £8000 Whole course
Channel Islands £8000 Whole course
International £14500 Whole course

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they hold Settled or Pre-settled status
MA in Literature for Children and Young Adults at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS