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Children's Literature (MRes)


Course Description

This MRes is world famous for deploying critical and cultural theory to question assumptions underlying children’s literature, children’s literature criticism and wider assumptions about childhood, reading, literature, education, perception and consciousness.

It is a highly challenging academic degree and suits students who are interested in considering complex issues at the highest academic level. On the course, you will learn to think independently and critically and read critically and analytically in preparation for potential PhD research. This particular focus of the Reading MRes in Children’s Literature is not just unique in the department but globally.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/english-literature-pg/mres-childrens-literature.aspx

Modules include:

• Popular forms of children’s fiction
• Theory of children’s literature
• Nineteenth Century Children’s Literature
• Twentieth/Twenty-first Century Children’s Literature
• Myth and Folktale in Children’s Literature or Children’s Radio, Film, Television.

Find out more about what you will study here http://www.reading.ac.uk/english-literature/PostgraduateTaught/ell-pgt-english-literature-ma-res-childrens-literature.aspx

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

Our students continue, 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 on the MRes in terms of not only subject expertise, but also critical thinking, reading closely and with advanced understanding, and writing well.

Department

Choose from a distinctive range of MA courses and actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections.

Our MA teaching at the University of Reading is highly rated for its friendliness and expertise. You will be taught in small groups, with lecturers and professors leading discussion and giving lectures. There are three teaching terms, and assessment is by essays, and a 20,000-word dissertation written over the summer. You will be given an expert supervisor for your dissertation, who will meet with you for a number of one-to-one advice sessions. Our MAs are taught courses but they also provide appropriate research training for those going on to PhDs. As a part of this, you will actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections.

As an MA student in this thriving and dynamic Department, you will be welcomed at a number of special events, including research seminars and guest lectures. We have concentrated expertise in Early Modern Studies, Samuel Beckett, Children’s Literature, and Writing and Publishing History. We hold unique archival collections in all of these areas, with which our MA students engage throughout their time with us.

Visit the Children's Literature (MRes) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. Normally a 2:1 BA degree in English Literature, Education, Literary or Cultural Studies or other related subjects.

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