The Master of Arts in English (MA English) program of Pokhara University was initiated in 2001 and conducted at the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER), an affiliate institution. The MA in English programme combines a host of courses that are essential to find cross-disciplinary solutions to contemporary problems. Courses in globalization, communication studies, international relations and conflict transformation, environmental studies, American studies and more are offered, all of which are centered on the core English Studies programme.
The M.A English program consists of four semesters and students complete the required 60 credit hours in two years’ time. However, the student is allowed to complete the coursework in four years from the date of admission.
If a student is unable to complete the course within the given duration of four years from the time of admission, the University registration will be annulled. However, if coursework is completed within four years, additional one year for thesis can still be extended only for those students who have genuine cause for extension and should be forwarded through the supervisor on behalf of the concerned student to the Programme Coordinator/School Director.
The academic calendar consists of two semesters per year. Generally the Fall Semester (August – February) starts in June/July and the Spring Semester (February – August) begins in December/January. These schedules may differ slightly in any particular year.
A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline is eligible for admission in MA English. Notice for admission is publicly announced for the admission and the required numbers of candidates are selected through an entrance examination, conducted by the constituent School or the individual colleges which offer the programme. Certain scholarships are provided according to Pokhara University rules, both in constituent and affiliated programmes.
MA in English Course Structure (Duration of Two Academic Years)
The programme follows the credit system. Each course is assigned to a certain number of credits depending generally upon its lecture, tutorial and practical work hours in a week. In theory subjects, one lecture per week is assigned to one credit as a general rule and is equivalent to 16 hours lecture in one semester.The MA program consists of four semesters and students complete the required 60 credit hours in two years’ time with the following disciplinary categories:
- Criticism and Theory
- Disability Studies
- Language and Linguistics
- Media and Mass Communication
- Regional Studies
- Cultural Encounters
- Globalization and Immigration
- Literature and the Arts
- Reading, Writing and Thinking for the Professions
- Western Intellectual Traditions and Philosophical Discourses