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MA in Children's Literature

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by leilarosalie, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. leilarosalie

    leilarosalie New commenter

    Hi there,

    I am thinking of applying for the MA in Children's Literature at Goldsmiths, possibly with the creative writing option.

    What kind of career opportunities lie on the other side of this kind of specialism? I already have a Psychology BSc and Primary PGCE and have been teaching in primary schools for the past five years. I adore children's literature and would be doing the MA primarily because I think I'd love it! I don't want to do a course simply for the sake of it though, I need career development opportunities too!

    Many thanks for your help.

    PS if anyone can offer any insight into the kinds of tasks set on the creative writing option I'd be very grateful.
  2. leilarosalie

    leilarosalie New commenter

    Sorry - I hit send before including your name - @TheoGriff. Many thanks!
  3. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter


    Graduates will be well placed to specialise in children’s literature in a range of careers:

    • Teaching
    • Publishing
    • Children’s media
    • Writing texts for children
    • Librarianship
    • Academic study
    • Youth and community work


    You will acquire a wide-ranging understanding of the field of children’s literature and the social, political cultural processes that surround it. You will also develop your critical thinking, communication and research skills.

    More of the same?
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    @armandine2 has pulled up their ideas of opportunities. My first thought for a career opportunity is to become her, of course


    However in general, having this could enable you to offer creative writing as an extra string when next applying. I wouldn't like you to believe that it's going to open lots of doors, however.

    Best wishes

  5. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    As much as I love being a librarian, there are just no jobs for people in the UK unless you have an MA/MSc plus lots of experience, and even then you're going to be applying for jobs that have hundreds of qualified applicants. The pay is pretty **** too. I had to work as a cleaner in the evening just to pay the bills when I was working in the UK. I was the Head Librarian at a sixth form college too which you would think would pay a decent salary.

    Having said all of that, I would not choose another career now. I love being a librarian.
  6. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    I think as a course it sounds great fun. It will be something to make your application stand out from others but to be honest I don't think it will advance your career any.
    Middlemarch likes this.
  7. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I agree.
  8. Vladimir

    Vladimir Senior commenter

    She looks familiar. Who is she?
  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  10. NovelTeachingUK

    NovelTeachingUK New commenter

    I've just stumbled across this and was wondering if you had applied for the course in the end, and if so, how did you find it? I applied for the same reasons as you- because I love children's literature and am really excited about having the oppurtunity to study it. I have accepted my place to study for the MA in Children's Literature at Goldsmiths and am also interested in the creative writing pathway. I have a PGCE in Secondary English and two years of teaching experience. I was hoping this MA would develop my practice and career options in the future. Overall would you recommend it? And is there anything you would suggest researching or texts worth purchasing in advance? Many thanks.

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