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Children's Literature, Media & Culture (Erasmus Mundus 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: 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
  • New media for children & young adults (delivered online by Barcelona).

Year 2 - semester 3

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Developing reading programmes for different contexts
  • Literature and picture books for the early years
  • Placements with publishers/libraries
  • Promoting of reading through cultural activities
  • Research on literary education

Tilburg University

  • Canon formation
  • Children’s literature in translation
  • Life writing and fan fiction
  • Placements with publishers/libraries
  • Reviewing children’s and young adult books

University of Wroclaw

  • International Children's film
  • Representations of childhood in film
  • Children and childhood in participatory culture

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.

*Aarhus University’s participation requires approval from the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science (decided late November 2018).

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 and funding

Tuition fees for 2019-20

IntM

Home and EU: £5,975 per annum (2 year programme)

International: £13,650 per annum (2 year programme)

The fees listed here cover tuition only. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.

For applicants starting in 2018 please refer to the 2018-19 fees table.

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £360
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £320
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150

Funding opportunities

Children’s Literature, Media & Culture (Erasmus Mundus International Master) scholarship

Prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for well qualified applicants to the International Master in Children’s Literature, Media & Culture. The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium of universities that have developed this joint Masters programme. Other degree awarding partners include Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), Tilburg University (Netherlands), Aarhus University (Denmark)  and the University of Wroclaw (Poland).

More Information

Alumni Discount

The University offers a 10% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. 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.

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)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):  176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

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 an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test 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:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk


 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:

How to apply

Before applying, you should consult the consortium website for further information on the application process, scholarships and accompanying forms.

Scholarship applications will close on Friday 01 February 2019. Thereafter programme applications will remain open for self-funded students until the deadlines below. 

  • International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2019
  • UK and EU applications: 25 August 2019

Programme offers will be made on a rolling basis.

Applications will only be considered for scholarship funding if they are submitted by Friday 01 February 2019, complete with all required documents.

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