Learn More about the MA in Children’s Literature

Learn more about the MA in Children’s Literature (On-Site and Distance Learning),
run by the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL),
University of Roehampton, London.


Have you ever thought about doing an MA in Children’s Literature? If so, you are cordially invited to any and all of these upcoming events where you can learn about our programme. You might be interested to know that we offer two MA programmes – one on-site and the other by Distance Learning. The on-site MA can be completed in one year of full time study or by part-time study, while the Distance Learning MA can be completed from anywhere in the world through part-time study. Please get in touch with Laura Atkins, Senior Lecturer and Admissions Coordinator, if you have any questions (l.atkins@roehampton.ac.uk). And do come and join our on-site Open Evening (13 February) and/or or Virtual Open Evening (28 February). You can also read more about both events here. (http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Open-Days/Postgraduate-open-days-and-fairs/)


On-site Postgraduate Open Evening

Wednesday 13 February 2013

If you’re interested in studying a postgraduate course at Roehampton but want to learn more about us, then this is an ideal opportunity. All of our postgraduate course conveners will be in attendance to chat one-on-one with you. You will also be introduced to postgraduate study at Roehampton, your career options upon graduation and meet current postgraduate students. Book online here. (http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Open-Days/Postgraduate-Open-Evening/)


Children’s Literature MA Virtual Open Evening

Thursday 28 February 2013

If you are interested in studying children’s literature at Master’s level and want to know more about the possibilities with Roehampton University’s National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL), please join Course Convener Alison Waller and Senior Lecturer Laura Atkins online during this virtual open day. We will give you an overview of the Master’s and Postgraduate Diploma programmes and a tour of the online learning environment. You will also be able to ask any questions you might have about the academic or practical elements of studying at a distance. While this will primarily focus on the Distance Learning MA, we are happy to address questions and spend some time speaking about the on-site programme as well. By booking onto this event, you will be sent a link which will give you the log-in details to participate in this webinar on Thursday 28 February 2013, from 5pm.

Places are limited and fill up quickly, so early booking is recommended. Book online. (http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Open-Days/MA-Childrens-Literature-virtual-open-day/)



The MA Children’s Literature by Distance Learning examines texts aimed at children, from early fables and fairy tales to contemporary picturebooks and young adult fiction. Students are introduced to a range of literary and cultural theories, exploring social constructions of childhood and the place of children’s books in making culture, as well as reading the texts in a variety of ways. Both programmes are designed to be attractive to a wide range of individuals, including those who are interested in the subject in their capacity as librarians, teachers, counsellors, and parents. Students learn through a mixture of independent study, tutor feedback, and peer support.


Studying the on-site MA Children’s Literature at the University of Roehampton is a challenging and rewarding experience.  During the course your knowledge and passion for children’s literature will be developed and enriched through a number of thought-provoking modules.  Don’t believe us? See what previous MA students have to say about the programme: http://vimeo.com/34500300. You will be introduced to Master’s-level study of children’s literature through the introductory ‘Critical and Culture Perspectives’ module.  In this, you will study a range of approaches to literature in general – from Freud, to the French feminists, from historicist methods to ecocriticism – giving you a sound, broadly-based theoretical background. We also believe that it’s necessary for students of children’s literature to be aware of issues and developments in complementary disciplines. This means you’ll cover something of the emotional and linguistic development of children as readers and the nature of their response to literature.


Please pass this along to anyone who you think might be interested.


About Laura Atkins

I am a children's book author and editor who has worked in the children's book field for over twenty years. My published books include picture book SLED DOG DACHSHUND (illustrated by An Phan), and the middle grade biography FRED KOREMATSU SPEAKS UP (co-written with Stan Yogi, illustrated by Yutaka Houlette). This is the first in the Fighting for Justice series - the next book about Biddy Mason to be co-written with Arisa White will come out in February 2019. I spent seven years in editorial departments in the United States where I helped to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and American Library Association Notable Book selections, among others. I continued to work as a freelance editor and as a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature (NCRCL) at Roehampton University in London. Now based in Berkeley, California, I work with clients all over the world. I have an MA in Children's Literature from Roehampton University, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. My website is www.lauraatkins.com.

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