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Children's Literature, Media & Culture (International Master) IntM

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This unique, two-year degree provides an interdisciplinary study of the interaction between children, texts and media, along with the opportunity to study and live in at least two European countries. You will be able to engage with an array of cultural events related to children’s literature and media, and participate in a placement with a practitioner organisation.

  • IntM: 24 months full-time

Why this programme

  • This is a unique programme that draws on the recognised strengths of the consortium partners to offer a joint degree that engages in children’s literature, media and culture.
  • Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this programme. The other universities are Aarhus University, Tilburg University, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Wroclaw.
  • Rather than focus either on the literary, media or educational aspects on their own, the programme looks at the interaction between them in a flexible framework that allows for the incorporation of constantly changing format (e.g. digital technologies that affect reading and viewing) and input into creative initiatives around literature and learning. 
  • The programme includes the study of a wide variety of genres and considers new developments in the production of texts and media for children, including multimodal forms and digital technologies.
  • You will receive a theoretical grounding in children’s literature and media as well as the opportunity to complete bespoke placements.
  • You will be supported by a friendly, internationally acclaimed team of scholars who work in both the arts and humanities and the social sciences.
  • You will have access to world class libraries, teaching and research facilities, as well as museums and other cultural organisations.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at the programme universities for one semester. The periods of mobility are designed to enable you to engage with a variety of perspectives on the three core themes of the programme and promote valuable knowledge and practical skills based outcomes that will feed into future career opportunities.

During year 1 you will undertake a series of core courses which reflect the main themes of the programme and methods of enquiry delivered in Glasgow in Semester 1 and Aarhus in Semester 2. In year 2 you will choose a specialist pathway in Barcelona, Tilburg or Wroclaw and will complete a work-based learning placement. The final mobility period can be spent with one of the five consortium partners, depending on your chosen topic of dissertation. The programme also includes an optional summer school at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver at the end of year 1.

  • Semester 1: September - December (Glasgow): Historical and critical perspectives
  • Semester 2: January - May (Aarhus): Children’s Literature in a mediatised world
  • Summer (optional): June-August (Vancouver)
  • Semester 3: September – January: Pathway 1 (Barcelona) – Promotion of reading OR Pathway 2 (Tilburg) - Transcultural trajectories OR Pathway 2 (Wroclaw) - Popular Culture
  • Semester 4: February - July (Glasgow, Aarhus, Tilburg, Barcelona or Wroclaw): independent study; dissertation

Core courses

Year 1 - semester 1

University of Glasgow

  • Children’s literature and picture books (delivered by UAB) 
  • Children’s literature: critical enquiry
  • Children’s literature: from the printing press to virtual reality
  • Cross boundaries: children’s literature and other media (delivered online by Tilburg)

Year 1 - semester 2

Aarhus University

  • Children's literature and childhood
  • Children's literature text and media
  • Life writing and fan fiction (delivered by TiU)
  • New media for children & young adults (delivered online by UBC)

Year 2 - semester 3

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Children’s literature for a diverse world (delivered by UofG)
  • Developing reading programmes for different contexts
  • Placements with publishers/libraries
  • Promoting of reading through cultural activities
  • Research on literary education

Tilburg University

  • Canon formation
  • Children’s literature for a diverse world (delivered by UofG)
  • Children’s literature in translation
  • Placements with publishers/libraries
  • Reviewing children’s and young adult books

University of Wroclaw

  • Children’s literature for a diverse world (delivered by UofG)
  • Conceptualisations of children and childhood in participatory culture
  • International Children's film
  • Placement with a film festival
  • Representations of children and childhood in film

Summer school (optional) - University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Historical and archival children’s literature
  • Illustrated literature and other materials for children 
  • Writing, publishing and the book trade for children.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Graduates will develop key skills sought by many employers, including the ability to find, select and analyse texts and empirical data; confident and persuasive oral and written communication skills; and problem solving through creative and critical thinking. The programme provides excellent preparation for careers in media, education and literacy, publishing, archive and information studies, heritage and creative industries, as well as a springboard for PhD study and an academic career.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24

IntM

Fees for the 2 year programme:

International:  

  • £16,640 per annum

Home:

  • £7,680 per annum 

EU:

  • £9,920 per annum

The EU/EEA fee value reflects the difference in fee status at the EU partners in the programme consortium.

The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values and subject to exchange rates at the time of payment. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Funding opportunities

Banco de Mexico

The Mexican National Bank (Banco de Mexico) provides special loans for students who wish to undertake a programme of postgraduate study. The University of Glasgow in partnership with Bank of Mexico FIDERH is offering a fee discount to holders of a Bank of Mexico FIDERH loan. See the FIDERH website for further information.

Colfuturo Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia

The University of Glasgow offer discounts to all successful Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia (Colfuturo) scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)

The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement

CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

Alumni Discount

In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2023/24. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside most University scholarships.

Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund

The Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund is a charitable endowment which was established in 1868 by a Victorian philanthropist by the name of John Clark. He was a thread manufacturer and prominent citizen from Paisley. The fund is now governed by Rules laid down in a 1974 Scheme (as varied with the consent of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in 2013).

Please see the Clark (Mile-End) Bursary Fund for more information.

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant arts and humanities (e.g. English language, literature, history, anthropology, library and information studies) or social science (e.g. education, sociology, politics) subject.

English language requirements

For 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)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, mybest or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test, this includes TOEFL mybest.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

For information on applications and to apply, please see the consortium website: 

Apply to programme (consortium website)