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We are postgrad students at the University of Cambridge. This is a place where we’ll come to chat and blog about things we find interesting about studying and researching children’s literature. It’s a little bit academic, a little bit serious, and a little bit silly. (Note how I have refrained from writing this last sentence in rhyme. Which I was sorely tempted to try to configure.) We’re a bit informal here, but are willing to answer any questions you may have! For things a bit more formal, check out the university’s website about us here.



  1. Hi, I was hoping somebody could answer a few questions that I have about the children’s lit masters program at Cambridge. I am just a little bit confused between the MPhil distinction versus the MEd distinction. In Canada the MEd is training to become a teacher which I don’t really have any interest in. So I am just wondering if I can study children’s lit at the postgraduate level at Cambridge without also studying education.


    1. Hi Maggie!

      The MEd is typically something that people get in the year after they complete their PGCE (post graduate certificate in education), and is part-time. The MPhil is a full-time, year-long course, and there is no specific teacher training involved. There is a research methods component to the MPhil, and it covers a broad range of research topics.

      The best person to more fully answer your questions will be Maria Nikolajeva, who’s the head of the program. You can find her contact details here: https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/centres/childrensliterature/contact/index.html


  2. Thank you so much for creating this informative blog, I really enjoyed reading it. I have a question about the research component of the course. I have no background in empirical studies and have never conducted a research project before. Unfortunately, there is not much information available on the department website regarding research strands, except that it’s 32 hours. Could you please elaborate on the type of research you are taught and/or required to complete as part of the course? Is it more quantitative or qualitative, specifically, are you required to work with numerical data, statistics, etc? Most importantly, how are you graded, what kind of assignments do you have to turn in? In her blog post, Lisa Kazianka wrote about her essay 2 that was an empirical project. Can you please elaborate on the type of work that needs to be done for such projects? Thank you for your time – looking forward to hearing from you! Kind regards, I


  3. Hi Cambridge Children’s Literature Blog! This is Tyler — I have some questions about the blog and also some ideas, can whoever is running the blog get in touch by email/facebook/twitter etc.? 🙂


  4. Hi! Do I understand it right that the official name of the children’s programme is Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature? How intensive the MPhil course is? How many classes do you have a week? Thank you in advance!


  5. I was trying to get myself into a serious style of writing Children book reviews and your blog popped up, I’m looking forward to your future posts.


  6. I am a Writer of Children’s books and have attended a workshop organized by Professors of Children’s literature from the Newcastle University. I didn’t study English or Literature at degree level. Will that qualify me to do an Mphil in Children’s literature at Cambridge.


    1. Hi Eustace,

      Thanks for your enquiry. The best place to for information this is at our website https://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/graduate/masters/themes/childrenslit/ The page has course overviews and other useful details on the centre.

      The cambridge graduate admissions page has all of the information for the course requirements, how to apply and funding advice. The link is below https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmpecl

      We hope this helps!


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