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Education (Critical Approaches to Children's Literature) is no longer accepting new applications.

The course has highly dedicated supervisors, both to children's literature as a subject and to helping us to expand our own interests. I have found that they are extremely willing to give up their time for individual meetings to discuss ideas, whether they be formulated for course work or just from your general interest. At the end of our sessions, all the supervisors consistently encourage us either to email them or to arrange meetings to discuss the topic covered further if it is of particular interest. Also, the course provides lots of encouragement to further your academic contributions to the field, whether in explaining how to get work published and participate in conferences, or just letting you know that your contributions are valid.

MPhil Student, 2015–16 (July 2016)

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the children’s literature course. I cannot believe how much new information I’ve learnt in such a short period of time! I have revisited favourite books from my past and been challenged to view the texts and my own childhood interaction with them in a new light. I’ve been introduced to new and exciting YA novels, fascinating (and sometimes uncanny) films and beautiful picture books. I’ve had the opportunity to attend talks by Jacqueline Wilson, KM Peyton, Meg Rosoff and Maria Tatar, as well as hearing about the interests and research of staff and PhD students, through the real reader’s series. I have been well supported in this journey by the excellent resources at Cambridge – the library staff at both the Education Faculty and Homerton College deserve particular praise! The course has expanded my horizons and got me thinking about new ways of approaching literature and children’s reading, all in a friendly and dynamic environment.

MPhil Student, 2015-16 (July 2016)

I've run out of superlatives to describe the course! From the minute one seminar ended, I would look forward to the next; the enthusiasm of the course team was infectious and their expertise in a wide range of areas made for such exciting, rich learning. Being part of such a vibrant research community has been really special.

PGCE-MEd Student, 2015-16 (July 2016)

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10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Education

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
March 31, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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