M.Phil. in English is a 2-year postgraduate program essentially involving a supervised research-based project in the English literature. Students enrolled to the course have the option of choosing from among a variety of areas of research within the discipline.
The program is divided across 4 semesters, contained within the 2-year duration, within which students take up a scholarly research-based topic in the first semester, and pursue research in anarea of specialization in the second semester.
The course requires the successful completion of coursework in an optional subject in the third semester, and completion of dissertation on a supervised essay on the chosen area of research.
Students’ performance in this dissertation lays the foundation for assessment of their eligibility for higher scholarly research (Ph.D.) in the discipline.
Some of the top institutes that offer the course in India are listed here:
The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges around INR 50,500.
Successful postgraduates of the course can expect anything around INR 4,80,000 as annual salary in the industry, increasing with experience and skillset.
Admission to the course is based on the round of counselling conducted after the candidate’s qualification of a relevant entrance test, such as NET JRF or NET LS, or another institute-specific entrance test conducted for admission to the course.
Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Master’s degree in English|
|Admission Process||Entrance tests such as NET JRF, NET LS.|
|Top Institutes||Delhi University, New Delhi, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, and suchlike.|
|Top Recruiting Areas||Colleges, schools, publishing houses, News media houses, etc.|
|Top Job Profiles||News Writer/ Editor, Assistant Professor, Research Associate, Publishing Assistant, Subject Matter Expert, Lexicographer, Secondary School Teacher, Academic Librarian, Copywriter, Linguistics Specialist, among others such.|
|Average Course Fee||INR 50,500|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 4,80,000|
The course is a research-based advanced study into the discipline of English literature, transcending cultures, periods, and genres. Contemporary literary theories and culture-based studies are included within the course’s scope. Literature across the ages, namely Elizabethan, Jacobean, Victorian, Modern, Post-Modern, is covered for assessment and research.
Aside from European and Continental writings in English, Indian writings in English also form a major part of the program’s curriculum. Comparative literature, translation-based studies, and linguistics also comprise a significant part of the syllabus.
Such scholars have the option of specializing in research in nineteenth and twentieth century literature, or Shakespeare’s drama and sonnets, among others. Social, political, and cultural impact of literature is academically explored on an advanced level within the course of the postgraduate program.
The program enables enrolled candidates to academically explore the language’s historical background in India, hurdles that impede English language and literature teaching in the country, and debates surrounding major works of literature in the language.
Cultural differences in literary texts, hybridity of culture, thought, and ideas form an important part of the English literature, and consequently, its advanced, intensive scholarly exploration through this primarily research-based course.
Analyses of elements of politics, philosophy, and sociology within the English literature, symbolism and semiotics, advanced meaning-related concepts such as Signified-Signifier are explored within the purview of academic research in this program. Genres of literature open for research for such scholars pervade beyond literary, and include non-literary, such as news, films, music, among others.
Listed below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.
|Name of Institute||Location||Average Fees in INR|
|Delhi University||New Delhi||4,000|
|University of Hyderabad||Hyderabad||19,000|
|English and Foreign Languages University||Hyderabad||1,50,000|
|Ethiraj College for Women||Chennai||3,50,000|
|Government Dungar College||Rajasthan||1,500|
|Holy Cross College (Autonomous), Kanyakumari||Tamil Nadu||6,000|
|Aditanar College of Arts and Sciences||Tamil Nadu||1,500|
|AISECT University||Madhya Pradesh||1,00,000|
|Amity Institute of English and Business Communication||Noida, UP||1,80,000|
|Amity University||Noida, UP||2,00,000|
|Arumugam Pillai Seethai Ammal College||Tamil Nadu||14,000|
|Avinashilingam University- Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women||Tamil Nadu||40,000|
|Jamia Milia Islamia||New Delhi||15,000|
|Madras Christian College||Tamil Nadu||90,000|
|Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith||Uttar Pradesh||32,000|
|Marudhar Kesari Jain College for Women||Tamil Nadu||5,000|
|Bharath University||Tamil Nadu||40,000|
|University of Madras||Tamil Nadu||10,000|
Listed below are the minimum criteria which candidates interested in pursuing the course are required to fulfil, in order to be eligible to apply for the course.
|Top M.Phil. (English Literature) Colleges In Tamil Nadu||Top M.Phil. (English Literature) Colleges In Rajasthan||Top M.Phil. (English Literature) Colleges In Delhi NCR||Top M.Phil. (English Literature) Colleges In Uttar Pradesh|
Institutes offering the course in India conduct their own entrance exams for admission to the course, for assessment of the candidate’s eligibility for pursuance of the course. Most institutes, however, admit students based on their performance in a central relevant postgraduate-level entrance test followed by a round of Personal Interview, such as NET JRF or NET LS.
Listed here are the top institute- specific entrance tests for M.Phil. in English:
A semester - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|SEMESTER I||SEMESTER II (Any 2)|
|Introduction to Literary Theory||Life, Literature and Thought in the 19th century/ 20th Century Fiction or Poetry|
|Electives:||Australian/ Canadian Literature|
|Renaissance Studies||20th Century American Literature|
|Life, Literature and Thought in the 18th Century||Indian Literature in English Translation|
|Texts of Modernism||English in India|
|Continental Fiction||Colonial Discourse Theory|
|Indian Writing in English||Semiotics|
|Theory and Practice of Translation||Readings in Theory|
|SEMESTER III||SEMESTER IV|
|Coursework in Chosen Subject of Specialization||Supervised Dissertation|
Some of the top professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL STARTING SALARY IN INR|
|News Writer/ Editor||As Journalists, such professionals write, edit, and present news optimised in terms of objectivity, relevance, and human interest. Job responsibilities include giving a presentable shape to raw news stories, checking news items for facts and language, and depicting news in an unbiased way.||3.5 to 4.5 Lacs|
|Assistant Professor||Such pedagogues teach students in a specialized discipline at the post-secondary level. They deliver scholarly instruction, perform research, and instruct in their area of specialization, besides guiding students through scholarly research.||5.5 to 6.5 Lacs|
|Research Associate||Academic Research Associates perform and assist senior researchers in scholarly research in a given subject of specialization. They essentially assess literary works based on genre, symbolism, socio-cultural and political impact, and significance. Also, they guide Junior Research Associates and graduate students, etc. in the latter’s academic research projects.||4.5 to 5.5 Lacs|
|Publishing Assistant||Professors teach students in a wide range of disciplines at the post-secondary level. They deliver scholarly instruction, perform research, and instruct in their area of specialization.||4.5 to 5.5 Lacs|
|Subject Matter Expert||Such professionals create typically academic content for a specific subject of their specialization, for use across academic institutes, publications, or individual preparation. With subject-specific specialization, such experts are gainfully hired across the academia.||5 to 7 Lacs|
|Secondary School Teacher||Such teachers plan, prepare, and deliver instruction in a given subject, to secondary school students, also preparing, checking, grading, and assessing tests and evaluating students’ performance and progress in the subject.||2.5 to 3.5 Lacs|
|Copywriter||Copywriters are responsible for creating verbal content that is put to use in the realm of Advertising, for purposes of promotion and broadcasting. Such professionals are behind the verbal content of audio/visual ads and ad campaigns.||4.5 to 5.5 Lacs|
|Lexicographer||Such professionals are essentially responsible for creating content for dictionaries, choosing and editing words for inclusion into the dictionary. Lexicographers are helped in their task by advanced word-based research, drawing from existing databases.||2.5 to 3.5 Lacs|
|Linguistics Specialist||Linguistics Specialists study, research, and analyse the origin, background, evolution, adoption, and application of a given language. Drawing from such study of a language’s existence and inter-relationship with other languages, cultures, societies, settings, etc., such professionals decode languages and their many roles in the society.||5 to 12 Lacs|
|Academic Librarian||Academic Librarians, besides compiling, categorizing, and cataloguing academic resources in the library, also work towards constantly developing such resources in the library. This user-based role requires such librarians to maintain academic resources in line with user requirements and academic needs.||2 to 3 Lacs|