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Master of Arts [MA] (English)




    2 YEARS




    Post Graduation

Master of Arts in English Colleges, Syllabus And Scope

M.A in English is a post graduate course in English language and literature. The course covers English literary studies, theories, criticism and pedagogy, all in the form of theory.

This 2- year long course is offered in India at an average annual fee ranging between INR 50 ,000 and 3 Lacs. The amount varies according to the different institute providing this course.

The minimum eligibility for admission to the course is a Bachelor’s of Arts qualification, preferably in English (Hons), completed from a recognized institute. The mode of admission is both merit and entrance exam- based.

The average salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 3 and 8 Lacs, annually, depending on the candidate’s expertise and the reputation of the institute of post- graduation.

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Job positions such as English Trainer, English Translator, Junior Parliamentary Reporter (English), English Teacher, English Faculty, Content Writer, Stenographer etc. are offered to such postgraduates.

M.A in English: Course Highlights Table

Tabulated below are some major highlights of the course.

Name of the courseMaster of Arts in English
Course LevelPostgraduate
Duration2 years, full- time
Examination TypeSemester System/ Yearly
EligibilityGraduation degree in English with minimum 60% marks in aggregate
Admission ProcessEither by merit or through entrance tests
Average Course FeeINR 50K to 3 Lacs
Average Starting SalaryINR 3 to 8 Lacs
Area of WorkPublications, Colleges and Universities

M.A in English: Course Duration

This is a full-time 2- year long course, divided into any of semesters or years. Colleges having the semester system in place conducts examinations after every semester, while those having the annual system conduct them at the end of each year.

M.A in English: What is it About?

The course is a combination of modern and ancient English literature, consisting of three main areas of focus, i.e. Prose, Poetry and Drama. The course includes literature by not just England writers, but from all over the world, such as Irish, Scottish, Polish, American and Welsh. Cultural, political and historical contexts of English and linguistics are explored on an advanced level.

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Top Institutes Offering M.A in English

Given below is a list of universities offering the course along with their locations, eligibility criteria, admission procedures and fees charged by them.

Lady Shriram CollegeNew DelhiINR 50 K
Stephen's CollegeNew DelhiINR 30 K
Christ UniversityBangaloreINR 50-60 K
Loyola CollegeChennaiINR 70 K
Fergusson CollegePuneINR 60 K
Xavier's College of Arts and CommerceMumbaiINR 50 K
K J Somaiya College of Arts and CommerceMumbaiINR 40-60 K
Symbiosis Society's College of Arts & CommercePuneINR 1.5 Lacs
Hans raj CollegeNew DelhiINR 30-50 k

M.A in English: Admission Process

Admission to the course is based on the merit obtained by the candidate at the level of graduation. A few colleges conduct their own entrance examinations followed by rounds of group discussion and personal interview.

M.A in English: Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of Master of Arts in English, postgraduates may go for:

  • Lecturership

(Exams for lectureship: UGC-NET, all the State- level qualifying exams)

  • Research in the discipline
  • Ph. D / M. Phil in the subject.
  • Journalism.

The different areas of employment that can be explored by such postgraduates are:

  • Administration
  • Advertising Industry
  • Corporate Communications
  • Communication Industry
  • Indian Civil Services
  • Instructional Design
  • Journalism and Reporting
  • On-line Tutoring
  • Publication
  • Public Relation
  • Translation Agencies
  • Research

Listed here are some of the popular job positions offered to successful postgraduates of the discipline with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered:

Annual Salary in English
English translatorTo work with businesses, handle technical, legal and scientific written material including letters, reports, articles, books etc. Their work includes reading documents, writing and editing copies, preparing summaries.INR 4.5 Lacs
Content writerTo write a variety of unique material for websites, blogs, social media, online and newspaper/ magazine articles. They also assist marketing teams in development of engaging content that can be used in marketing or advertising campaignsINR 2.8 Lacs
English TeacherTo develop English language arts curriculum, working within the parameters of State and local requirements, and provide diagnostic feedbackINR 3.3 Lacs
EditorTo prepare, rewrite and edit copies to improve readability, or supervise others who do this work, read copy or proof to detect and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.INR 3.5 Lacs
English proofreadingTo read copies and transcripts and ensure that there are no spelling, grammatical or typographical errors. They work for publishers, newspapers and other places that rely on perfect grammar in printingINR 2.1 Lacs
StenographerTo works in the courtroom and transcribe spoken words by typing them into a steno machine, a kind of shorthand typewriter. Fast and accurate typing skills are vital for the job.INR 2.68 Lacs

M.A in English: Syllabus and Course Description

Given here is a semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus.                                                                 


1Literature in English:1550 – 1660 (Part 1)
2Literature in English: 1660 – 1798 (Part 1)
3Literature in English: 1798 – 1914 (Part 1)
4Literature in English: 1914 – 2000 (Part 1)
5Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 1)
7Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 1)
8Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 1)


1Literature in English:1550 – 1660 (Part 2)
2Literature in English: 1660 – 1798 (Part 2)
3Literature in English: 1798 – 1914 (Part 2)
4Literature in English: 1914 – 2000 (Part 2)
5Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 2)
7Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 2)
8Study of a Genre (Option-1) Fiction (Part 2)


1Critical Theory (Part 1)
2American Literature (Part 1)
3Indian Writing in English (Part 1)
4(Opt. I) Colonial and Post- Colonial Studies (Part 1) (Opt. II) English Language (Part 1)
5(Opt. I) Literature and Philosophy (Part 1) (Opt. II) Literature and Gender (Part I) (Opt. III) New Literatures (Part 1)


1Critical Theory (Part 2)
2American Literature (Part 2)
3Indian Writing in English (Part 2)
4(Opt. I) Colonial and Post- Colonial Studies (Part 2) (Opt. II) English Language (Part 2)
5(Opt. I) Literature and Philosophy (Part 2) (Opt. II) Literature and Gender (Part 2) (Opt. III) New Literatures (Part 2)

Students are required to submit a thesis of more than 2000 words in the duration of their fourth or last semester.