M.A. On Campus

Children's and Young Adult Literature

Dublin City University

12 months
7400 EUR/year
3600 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Children's and Young Adult Literature programme of the Dublin City University benefits enormously from the participation of national and international experts in the discipline, as well as from the enthusiastic commitment of its students.


Why Choose the MA in Children’s and Young Adult Literature at DCU?

  • The School of English is proud of its ground-breaking history in initiating the academic study of children’s literature as a postgraduate discipline in Ireland.
  • Members of the lecturing staff are experts in their fields, publishing and researching widely in the discipline, and co-founding national organisations (such as the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature).
  • The pChildren's and Young Adult Literature programme of the Dublin City University offers students the opportunity to study children’s and young adult literature in a supportive environment; small class sizes ensure that everyone has a voice, and typically promote a close and mutually supportive relationship between students; lectures and seminars are lively and varied, and promote an interactive and participative environment.
  • The wide range of modules on the programme ensures that students get the best opportunity to study their particular interests.
  • The programme is supported by the activities of the Centre for Research in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, including talks by world-renowned specialists in the discipline, such as Prof Emeritus Peter Hunt (Cardiff), Prof Emerita Maria Tatar (Harvard), Prof Karen Coats (Cambridge), Dr Marah Gubar (MIT) and Dr Lucy Pearson (Newcastle).
  • Students of the programme have access to the special collections of children’s literature held at O’Reilly Library (DCU Glasnevin Campus).

Potential Careers

Some of our graduates have used the programme as a springboard into doctoral study and academia, while others have used the knowledge and skills acquired on the programme to inform their work as journalists, judges, lecturers, editors, publishers, researchers and writers.

This programme has been of particular use to teachers of English at both primary and secondary levels, as a means of career development. It has also served the same purpose for school librarians and for librarians working in public libraries.

Graduates of the programme have also served as president of IBBY Ireland (the Irish section of the international non-profit organisation, which aims to bring children and books together); acted as adjudicators for, and chairs of, Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards; and, published children’s literature.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Histories and Contexts
  • Theories, Critics, Research Methods
  • Picturebooks and Film
  • International Children’s Literature
  • Colonial, Adventure and School Stories
  • Fantasy and Poetry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All Applicants must apply through DCU's Student Application Portal
  • Certified academic transcripts for each and every year of study, with certified English translations, if applicable
  • Provide a 500-750 word (max) personal statement
  • Please also include your CV
  • As part of the selection process you may also be required to attend for interview
  • Evidence of English competency which meets DCU entry requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7400 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3600 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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