MA English - Tribhuvan University

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  • Curriculum


English is the major international language of every discipline, its value is increasing day by day. English majors are regarded as superior thinkers and team players all over the world, who tend to achieve well-paying careers and kudos.

The Master of Arts in English courses offer students insight into literature, language, culture, and history. Besides studying required core courses that reflect the nature of the discipline, students will have the flexibility of selecting courses from different areas such as language, literature, rhetoric and humanities. While retaining the fundamental philosophy of humanities education - cultivation of humanistic values and critical thinking - this syllabus aims at developing students’ creative, critical, and communicative skills that they need in their academic and professional lives. Focus on writing, intensive study of literary genres, emphasis on interpretive and cultural theories, and the incorporation of interdisciplinary and comparative study are some of the underlying features of the courses. The syllabus requires a participatory and inquiry-based pedagogy for effective teaching-learning activities.

MA English courses seek to:

  • apply traditional and modern literary theories while reading and teaching literary texts.
  • train students to use English for effective communication.
  • help students produce and sharpen creative and critical writing and thinking.
  • cater to students’ need of gaining knowledge.
  • develop linkage between the B. A. English syllabus and the M. Phil. syllabus.
  • provide flexibility to the teachers in developing courses of their interests.
  • develop courses that emphasize close reading and relationship among form, content and context.
  • ensure application of critical theories in the interpretation of texts.
  • adopt interdisciplinary methods and approaches.
  • enable students to comprehend and respond to issues and problems.


The syllabus of MA English reflects the current trends in English Studies that have radically expanded the scope of the discipline. Taking into account the curriculum models adopted in many universities across the world, it recognizes and draws upon multiple traditions, communities, and literatures. The syllabus, therefore, comprises of a productive mix of canonical and non-canonical texts, traditionally-recognized literary and semi-literary genres, and expressive artifacts from multiple cultural traditions. The goal is to enable students to read, interpret and critique texts in a wide range of modes, genres and media.

The syllabus, hence, envisions the following general objectives:

  • to realign the canons and methods,
  • to stress interrelationship among literary criticism, theory and cultural studies,
  • to foster critical and creative thinking,
  • to promote research in the humanities,
  • to give exposure to a wide range of global literary texts, and
  • to introduce area studies.

Salient Feature

Research and Thesis

In the final year/ semester, students will have an opportunity to opt for a thesis, worth 3 credits/50 marks. In order to meet the thesis requirement, students will have to submit a review of literature relevant to the research topic and a well-researched paper that engages with the existing scholarship and presents a persuasive argument on issues related to language, literature, culture, and/ or theory. Candidates also will have to go through an oral examination (viva voce) and defend their positions.

Evaluation Scheme and Examinations

Course outcomes will be evaluated through a continuous internal evaluation system (writing classes with feedback, regular seminars, work-shops, paper writings and presentations, group discussions, guest lectures, Magazine/Journal publications and Educational tour/outing etc) and end-of-semester/final examinations.




1. Minimum 45% score at Bachelor’s level and at the equivalent levels recognized by the Curriculum Development Centre, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur

2. Must have studied Major English at intermediate and Bachelor levels.

An applicant seeking admission must take Entrance Examination as required by the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Admissions will be based strictly on merit.

Admission Criteria


Course Structure:Master of Arts (M.A.) Programme for ENGLISH

The syllabus comprises 10 groups and the students will take one paper from each group in the two-year cycle. Campuses running M.A. programmes in English outside the Central Departmental of English can introduce only the first paper of each group from one to nine and the first three papers of group X-Tragedy. American literature and Teaching of Language and Literature. To teach other papers of any of the ten groups, prior approval should be taken from the Central Department of English. Private candidates can take only the first course of each group from one to nine and the first three papers of group X-Tragedy, American Literature and Teaching of Language and Literature. As for the thesis, Private candidates should take a prior approval from the central Department of English.

Course Structure : First Year

History of Literature ( Any One)

I Eng 501-1 Survey of English and American Literature 100 Marks
Eng 501-2 Movement / Genre Studies
Eng 501-3 Period Studies

Critical Foundation ( Any One)

II Eng 502-1 Critical Theories from Plato to the Post-modern 100 Marks
Eng 502-2 Critical Approaches to the study of Literature
Eng 502-3 Theories of Literature
Eng 502-4 Post-modern and Post colonial Studies

Linguistics ( Any One)

III Eng 503-1 Stylistics 100 Marks
Eng 503-2 Pragmatics
Eng 503-3 Semiotics

Writing ( Including Research Methodology (Any One)

IV Eng 504-1 Creative Writing 100 Marks
Eng 504-2 Rhetoric / Composition
Eng 504-3 Composition Studies

Fiction (Any One)

V Eng 505-1 A General Survey of British and American Fiction 100 Marks
Eng 505-2 Fictional Genres & Themes
Eng 505-3 Short Fiction
Eng 505-4 Special Authors

Course Structure : Second Year

Poetry ( Any One)

VI Eng 506-1 British and American Poetry: A Survey 100 Marks
Eng 506-2 Poetry's Public
Eng 506-3 Special Author(S)
Eng 506-4 Special Topics

Drama ( Any One)

VII Eng 507-1 British and American Drama: Canons and Contexts 100 Marks
Eng 507-2 Theatre Studies
Eng 507-3 Global Perspectives on Drama
Eng 507-4 Special Authors(S)

Area Studies ( Any One)

VIII Eng 508-1 South Asian Studies 100 Marks
Eng 508-2 Non-Western Studies
Eng 508-3 Comparative Studies

Special Topics (Any One)

IX Eng 509-1 Intellectual History 100 Marks
Eng 509-2 Modernism
Eng 509-3 Colonialism and Postcolonialism

Additional Topics (Any One)

X Eng 510-1 Tragedy 100 Marks
Eng 510-2 Teaching of Language and Literature
Eng 510-3 American Literature
Eng 510-4 Children's Literature
Eng 510-5 Environmental Literature
Eng 510-6 Gender Literature
Eng 510-7 Literature In Translation
Eng 510-8 Interdisciplinary American Studies
Eng 510-9 Media studies
Eng 510-10 Inter-Art Studies
Eng 510-11 Nepalese Studies
Eng 510-12 Cultural Studies
Eng 510-13 Thesis