Postgraduate taught 

Children’s Literature, Media & Cultural Entrepreneurship (Erasmus Mundus International Master) IntM

Boy holding a tablet and reading a book

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.

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, culture and entrepreneurship.
  • The University of Glasgow is the leading partner in the consortium that have developed this programme. The other partners are Aarhus University (Denmark), Nantes University (France), Tilburg University (Netherlands) and the University of Wrocław (Poland).
  • 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.
  • This allows for the incorporation of constantly changing formats (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.
  • Education at Glasgow is ranked 6th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2025.

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 Tilburg, Nantes or Wrocław, 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 (UBC) in Vancouver (Cananda), or at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz & Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main (Germany) 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 and Germany)
  • Semester 3: September – January: Pathway 1 (Nantes) - Management and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Pathway 2 (Tilburg) - Transcultural Trajectories OR Pathway 3 (Wrocław) - Childhood and Film
  • Semester 4: February - July (Glasgow, Aarhus, Nantes, Tilburg or Wrocław): independent study; dissertation

Year 1 - semester 1

University of Glasgow

  • Children’s Literature: Critical Enquiry
  • Texts for Children and Young People
  • Cross Boundaries: Children’s Literature and Other Media (delivered online by Tilburg)
  • New Media for Children and Young Adults (delivered by UBC) OR
  • Literature and the Publishing Industry for the Early Years (delivered by Nantes)

Year 1 - semester 2

Aarhus University

  • Children's Literature and Childhood
  • Children's Literature Text and Media
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches to Principles, Practice, and Current Trends in Academic Research in Children's Literature (delivered by UBC)
  • Life Writing and Fan Fiction (delivered by Tilburg)

Year 2 - semester 3

Nantes University

  • Introduction to Business and Sustainability Management for Cultural Institutions/Cultural Projects
  • Marketing for Cultural Institutions
  • Organisational Behaviour, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Cultural Institutions
  • Children's Literature for a Diverse World (delivered by Glasgow)
  • Placement with publishers/libraries OR 
  • Selection of taught courses relating to entrepreneurship

Tilburg University

  • Canon Formation
  • Children’s Literature in Translation
  • Children's Literature in Context: Reception and Reviewing
  • Children's Literature for a Diverse World (delivered by Glasgow)
  • Placement with publishers/libraries/literary institutions

University of Wrocław

  • International Children's and Family Film
  • Representations of Children and Childhood in Film
  • Children’s Film Culture
  • Children's Literature for a Diverse World (delivered by Glasgow)
  • Placement with film festival

Summer Schools (optional)

University of British Columbia

  • Writing, Publishing and the Book Trade for Children and Young Adults
  • Historical Collections and Archives
  • Illustrated Literature and Other Materials for Children and Young Adults
  • Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults

Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz & Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main

  • Diversity, Celebrity, and New Media. New Approaches to Cultural Studies
  • Digital Methods and Research on Media for Young People
  • History, Style and Statistics. Computational Methods to Understand Old and New Children’s and Youth Literature

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 & funding

Tuition fees for 2024-25


Fees for the 2 year programme:


  • £18,060 per annum


  • £8,100 per annum 


  • £10,590 per annum

The EU/EEA fee value reflects the difference in fee status at the EU partners in the programme consortium.

The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values and subject to exchange rates at the time of payment. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students (funded and self-funded) will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Funding opportunities

Banco de Mexico

The Mexican National Bank (Banco de Mexico) provides special loans for students who wish to undertake a programme of postgraduate study. The University of Glasgow in partnership with Bank of Mexico FIDERH is offering a fee discount to holders of a Bank of Mexico FIDERH loan. See the FIDERH website for further information.

CONICyT (La Comsion Nacional de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica de Chile)

The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

CONACyT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia) / FUNED Agreement

CONACYT offers a non-refundable scholarship, a monthly stipend and medical insurance of an approximate total of $20,000 USD (in the case of the UK, no medical insurance grant is given since students are already covered by the National Health System) The University of Glasgow offer a 30% discount to all successful CONACyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.

Alumni Discount

In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2024/25. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme, International Summer School programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside most University scholarships.

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)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test
  • IELTS One Skill Retake accepted.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

TOEFL (ibt, mybest or athome)

  • 79; with Reading 13; Listening 12; Speaking 18; Writing 21
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements , this includes TOEFL mybest.

Pearsons PTE Academic

  • 59 with minimum 59 in all subtests
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Oxford English Test

  • Oxford ELLT 7
  • R&L: OIDI level no less than 6 with Reading: 21-24 Listening: 15-17
  • W&S: OIDI level no less than 6.

Trinity College Tests

  • Integrated Skills in English II & III & IV: ISEII Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
    • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

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 UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT 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:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

For information on applications and to apply, please see the consortium website: 

Apply to programme (consortium website)