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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.72k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 17.3k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    The Masters in Children’s Literature & Literacies is the only programme in Scotland dedicated to children’s and young adult’s literature as a primary resource and a field of academic study. You will develop a specialisation that is highly valued in professions such as education, library services and children’s media.

    • You can balance your study commitments with a full-time role, and tailor research projects to provide the maximum relevance and benefit for your work.
    • The programme takes into account new developments in the production of texts for children using multimodal forms and digital technologies.
    • The programme gives you the opportunity to take a literary and critical stance to well-loved texts, as well as to contemporary authors whose texts push the boundaries of children’s literature. You will also discuss recent theories of language and literacy development and consider how they can be supported by traditional and multimodal texts for children.

    Career prospects

    The MEd is an excellent source of professional development if you’re already working in education, library services and children’s media, or are looking to move into these areas.

    It also provides a excellent foundation for an academic career or further study within English and Scottish literature and other fields with a focus on children’s literature and literacies.

    You will take five core courses, one optional course and produce a dissertation based on a specialised topic.

    Core courses

    • Reframing language, literature and literacies for 21st century life
    • Texts for children: from the printing press to virtual reality
    • Introduction to educational and social research
    • Modern educational thought
    • Children's literature and literacies: critical enquiry
    • Professional enquiry.

    Optional courses

    • Texts for diversity: language across learning for children with English as an additional language
    • Texts for children: visual and multimodal
    • Further options may be drawn from courses offered on the MEd in Educational Studies.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.Further information regarding academic entry language requirementsFor applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):overall score 6.5no sub-test less than 6.0or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)Common equivalent English language qualifications:ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimumCPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): CminimumPTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59Pre-sessional coursesThe University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:Language Centre, University of GlasgowBALEAP guide to accredited courses English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    As a commitment to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence, the University of Glasgow offers a wide range of financial support.

    The University of Glasgow also offers funding opportunities to its current students wanting to carry out a project or a piece of research away from the University.


    The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School has accreditations by the following professional bodies:

    • Accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
    • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (for the MBA programme)
    • Accreditation by professional accountancy bodies
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
    • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
    • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
    • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

    We are also members of the Association of Business Schools and of theEuropean Foundation for Management Development.

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