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MA Children's Literature and Culture

Course Description

The MA in Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Bolton is the only course in the North West dedicated to this area of study.

The course is designed for anyone who has an interest in children’s literature and culture, including professionals who work with children, such as teachers, librarians or those in health and social service occupations, and also interested parents who want to learn more about this exciting world and share it with their children.

What will you study?

You will study many aspects of the field including the work of children’s authors such as David Almond and Philip Pullman and ‘adult’ authors who have also written for this growing market, such as Neil Gaiman and Salman Rushdie. You will also examine the broader field of children’s culture, including picture books, graphic novels, films, television and toys.

You will examine these different media from both historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring how the market for children’s culture has become big business and how it often attracts both child and adult audiences.

By studying on this course you will develop insights and analytical skills allowing you to appreciate the debates around contemporary childhood culture.

The main focus of the course is literary studies but you will also draw on insights from the visual arts, from cultural and media studies and from related work in history and the social sciences.

You will be introduced to a technical vocabulary that will help you to discuss both verbal and visual material analytically. You will also be made aware of the historical development of different genres of children’s fiction and of contemporary debates about childhood and adolescence itself, especially concerns about the end of traditional childhood in the face of increasing commercial and marketing pressures.

Special features

This is the only course in the North West dedicated to this area of study.

The University of Bolton has an excellent library and learning facilities including 24/7 IT facilities and campus-wide WiFi for all students.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

Visit the MA Children's Literature and Culture page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship - 3 Awards

The Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship can be awarded to full-time UK, EU, and International Masters students, irrespective of their financial means.In order to receive this Scholarship, applicants must have completed and submitted an application form which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please note that this Scholarship is only available to students undertaking their first Masters course.For more information about this scholarship please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance or contact the Student Funding Advisor, Karen Bentley on 01204 903497

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have been awarded a First-Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) from a UK or EU institution.
You must be studying a full-time taught masters at the University of Bolton campus in Bolton.
You must not be in receipt of any other offer, i.e. Alumni Discount or any other fee reduction.
You must not be in receipt of any other kind of sponsorship towards your tuition fees, for example from an employer.
The course of study must have commenced in September 2014 or later.

Application Procedure

In order to receive the scholarship towards fees students must have completed the Masters Excellence Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please return the form with photocopies of your certificates to:Masters Excellence Scholarship Scheme,
Student Centre,
Chancellor's Mall,
University of Bolton,
Deane Road, Bolton. BL3 5ABTel: +44 (0)1204 903497 / +44 (0)1204 903499
Email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have at least a lower second class honours degree (2:2) in English or a related subject. Special consideration will be given to those lacking the standard entry qualifications who work professionally in this area; for instance, teachers and librarians.

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