Duration : 2 Years

Eligibility : Candidates with 40% in aggregate in all the optional subjects and 50% of marks in the cognate subject at the Bachelor’s Degree level. Candidates with B.A., B.Sc., or B.Com Degree are eligible to apply provided they have scored 55% in the Language concerned in the degree course.

Career Scope: Students of English Literature can get jobs with the media as reporters. It is also possible for them to get jobs with newspaper firms. Besides, they have good chances in news broadcasting firms like NDTV, CNN – IBN, Zee News, Star News Communication etc. Companies that print out Magazines as well as journals too take in students of English literature frequently. Content development and ITES firms are another areas where English post graduates can build a strong carrer. Students of English literature can also find jobs as independent literary critics, writing for print or online publications. They also have the option to start their own tuition centres for the English language.

  • Critically evaluate current issues and trends influencing the field of education.
  • Conduct applied research: Formulate a researchable question or identify an organizational problem, design and conduct a study using appropriate methodologies, analyze data and draw reasonable conclusions, offer sound recommendations based on those conclusions
  • Design appropriate and effective curricula and instructional strategies that are informed by current theories of learning and pedagogy, including meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Select and effectively utilize technologies for professional development and for enhancing student learning
  • Write and speak clearly and coherently using correct grammar and sentence structure; communicate ideas and articulate arguments/positions in ways appropriate to reach the intended audience
  • Establish effective professional relationships with a wide range of individuals in their workplace and/or associated with their work
  • Critically evaluate current issues and trends in the practices of classroom instruction and curriculum development and apply that knowledge appropriately in the development of curricula and instructional strategies
  • Educate students in both the artistry and utility of the English language through the study of literature and other contemporary forms of culture
  • Provide students with the critical faculties necessary in an academic environment, on the job, and in an increasingly complex, interdependent world
  • Assist students in the development of intellectual flexibility, creativity, and cultural literacy so that they may engage in life-long learning
  • MA English students should be able to read literary and cultural texts in relation to philosophical, cultural, social and historical contexts
  • Students should be able to close-read literary and cultural texts, engage in critical analysis of these texts, and make arguments about them based in a disciplinary understanding of argument and evidence
  • They should be able to write about literary texts with conceptual complexity, informed at least in part by familiarity with literary and cultural theory
  • MA graduates should be able to locate their own argument in a critical conversation, with understanding of discipline specific use of secondary sources

The programme:

  • helps students to learn a wide range of disciplines which are incorporated by the Bangalore City University to the thoroughly restructured syllabus of MA English
  • helps the students learn the evolution of language, literature, culture and the politics
  • enhances balanced and critical thinking of students
  • cultivates language skills of students by introducing them to structures of language through a wide variety of literary works, phonetics and structure specific texts
  • hones the writing skills of students and they learn the conventions of academic writing
  • instills a critical perspective with which students approach literature and related disciplines
  • introduces different literary periods and trends of each of these periods
  • introduces works written by different sections of people (gender, racial and ethnic minorities) and makes the students give critical responses from different perspectives

    The students:

  • become proficient in grammar, structure, linguistics, phonetics, semantics and a wide range of language related paradigms
  • critically interact with works from different contexts: literary, cultural, psychological, social, political, economic, historical and national and thus their level of critical thinking is enhanced
  • become thorough with reading works with theoretical basis
  • become capable of interpreting and exploring relationships from the points of view of different people
  • become inspired by literary texts, open up their minds and stimulate the sympathetic/empathic imagination by allowing them to see the world through other’s eyes as well to foster intercultural dialogue
  • approach and appreciate Indian literature in English and explore its uniqueness and its place among the literatures in English
  • learn what language is and what knowledge a language consist of. This is provided by basic examination of internal organization of sentences, words, and sound systems
  • get sensitized with the critical tools used in the reading of literature
  • form an idea of the complex nature of literary studies and how they are entangled with other aspects of the social body
  • gain perceptive insights into the socio-political dynamics, the structuring points of view, the dominant ideology, hegemony, the prevailing common sense and communal underpinnings that mediate the writing, production, reception and survival of a work
  • learn literary terms and the various streams in literary criticism, to make them aware of the inter-disciplinary nature of contemporary criticism and to develop in students, skills for literary criticism
  • inculcate a literary, aesthetic and critical awareness of diverse cultures and literary creations and thus to arrive at a broader vision of the world
  • come to know about the evolution of the Feminist movement and to familiarize them with the various issues addressed by Feminism
  • become sensitized to issues like marginalization and subjugation of women
  • form an idea of the complex discipline of film studies and become trained to evaluate, interpret and make critiques of modern films
  • develop sensible response to great classics in translation and fine tune analytical skills with a view to achieving a broad, wholesome vision of life


The mission of the Department is to promote critical and technological literacy through general and advanced study in literature, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, ESL, linguistics etc. It specifically intends to promote literacy in the global language- to be precise the ability to read, write and think critically and analytically.