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PhD Opportunities

The Centre welcomes applications to study for a PhD in relevant areas (broadly children’s and young adult literature, children’s literature in education, children’s literature and childhood studies, children’s reading, multimediality and visual literacy, writing for children).

For further information, please see the Faculty of Education PhD programme pages.

Clémentine Beauvais, a former PhD student, says: 

'This is probably the most exciting time to be doing a PhD in Children’s Literature at the University of Cambridge. You will be supervised by people whose names appear on the covers of most academic books you’ll borrow from the library, and you will end up meeting many other experts now and then at conferences or when they come to visit. Thanks to the newly created Cambridge/Homerton Research and Teaching Centre for Children's Literature, you will be a part of an international pole of English-speaking research in children’s literature. But it is also a small and friendly community where everyone knows everyone, shares academic interests, books, informal chats, and cheese and wine at the end of research seminars. Because the discipline is still relatively young and the supervisors completely open to new ideas, you will be truly able to use your imagination, tackle big issues in current theories, and even formulate new ones – in other words, your thesis won’t have to be on uses of the semi-colon in an obscure sixteenth-century self-published novella (unless you really want it to be). Regular meetings with other PhD students are organised, in which you will be encouraged to share your research and think creatively about the many outstanding questions in children’s literature criticism. Meanwhile, the graduate community at the Faculty of Education is one of the biggest, most dynamic in Cambridge, frequently organising conferences, lunch seminars and trips to other universities, not mentioning parties. From both an academic and a social point of view, it is an amazingly rewarding graduate course.'