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Childrens Literature

Trinity College Dublin

12 months
17374 EUR/year
9370 EUR/year
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The Childrens Literature programme of Trinity College Dublin offers an exciting opportunity to study a wide range of children's literature – a broad category that encompasses everything from picture books through to Young Adult fiction.


Course Description

Examining texts from the seventeenth century to the present day, the course addresses chronologies, genres, modes of criticism, readerships, publishing trends and the full apparatus of literary investigation, while exploring the unique power dynamics that arise from adult authors creating texts for younger readers. While the focus is on literary analysis, the programme also currently offers a creative writing element.

Situated in Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature, the Childrens Literature programme of Trinity College Dublin is the only full-time one-year taught master’s programme in children's literature in Ireland and pays special attention to the role of the Irish contribution to the development of children's literature in English. It offers unique opportunities to engage in archival research, to explore the Pollard Collection of Children’s Books – the largest collection of children’s books in Ireland – as well as to work with the National Collection of Children’s Books (

Students of different nationalities and from diverse backgrounds and disciplines have successfully completed the programme since it was established in 2011. Many graduates have careers in areas such as editing, publishing, arts management, journalism, curation, teaching, librarianship, and academia. Over the years, students have worked with leading academics in the field, attended guest lectures by local and international scholars and authors, applied for funding opportunities to research archives at Yale University and at Trinity, collaborated with Children’s Books Ireland on their ‘Bold Girls’ initiative, curated an exhibition in Trinity Library’s Long Room (see Story Spinners: Irish Women and Children’s Books), and immersed themselves in the vibrant children’s literature community at the School of English.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives and Case Studies in Children’s Literature
  • The Victorian Child
  • The City and Children’s Literature
  • Material Culture and Children’s Literature
  • Creative Writing for Children

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or a GPA of at least 3.3). 
  • A sample of the candidate’s own critical writing (3,000-5,000 words) is also required.

Tuition Fee

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    17374 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    9370 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 9370 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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