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MA English language and Literature is a 2-year full-time post-graduate course which is divided into 4 semesters. The course provides students with an opportunity for advanced study in contemporary Literary Studies and Applied Linguistics. 

Some of the top institutes offering MA English Language and Literature are mentioned below.

  • Amity University, Noida
  • Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu
  • Allahabad University, Allahabad
  • Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam
  • Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

The average annual course fee ranges anywhere between INR 17,000 to 3 Lacs depending upon the institute offering the course.

Candidates with a minimum aggregate score of 50% in the final merit in a relevant discipline with English as the main subject are eligible to apply for the course. Admission to the same is based on relevant entrance exam conducted by different universities.

MA English Language and Literature provide students with the theoretical and analytical training required to continue to a research degree at the doctoral level or to develop professional skills relevant to working within relevant fields but not limited to the teaching of English editing and professional writing.

    The average salary offered for MA English Language and Literature course in India to successful graduates of the course ranges between INR 2 to 20 lacs depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.

    Top Colleges for Master of Arts [MA] (English Language and Literature)

    • Master of Arts [MA] (English Language and Literature) in Kerala
    • Master of Arts [MA] (English Language and Literature) in Tamil Nadu
    • MA in Delhi-NCR
    • MA in Maharashtra
    • MA in Chennai
    • MA in Uttar Pradesh

    MA English Language and Literature: Course Highlights

    Mentioned below are some of the major highlights of the course.

    Course LevelPost Graduate
    Examination TypeSemester System
    EligibilityGraduation with minimum 50% marks
    Admission ProcessCounselling after clearing Entrance Examination
    Top recruiting organizationsTop schools and Universities
    Top recruiting areasSchools and Universities, Law Schools, Electronic Media, Administration, Library and others such
    Top job profilesProfessor, Writer, Editor, Tour guide, Translator, Interpreter, Freelancer, Linguist etc.
    Course FeeINR 17,000 to 3 lacs
    Average Starting SalaryINR 2 to 20 lacs

    MA English Language and Literature: What is it about?

    MA English Language and Literature cover the range of theoretical approaches making up the contemporary intellectual vocabulary of English Literature and Language Studies. The course develops the candidates’ awareness of practices in language use and their application to various contexts.

    M.A English Language and Literature program is designed with a view to giving the students a deep knowledge of British literature. Courses in Linguistics, Contemporary Literary Theory, Literary Criticism, and Post-Independence Indian Writing in English, some research methodology for Language and Literature and Contemporary Fiction are also highlights of the program.

    It has a wide variety of electives comprising 20th Century American Literature, American, Australian literature, Canadian, Comparative Literature, Black Literature, and Indian Literature in Translation, Women’s Studies and Film Studies.

    MA English Language and Literature subjects aims at giving the learners essential language skills, and vital for employability, an instilling in them the maturity for aesthetic enjoyment, for better understanding and appreciating values are cultural, social, and spiritual so that they are molded into responsible human beings.

    MA English Language and Literature: Top Institutes 

    Some of the institutes or colleges offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by the respective colleges are listed below.

    College NameCityAverage Annual Salary
    Amity UniversityGurgaonINR 1,64,000
    RMIT UniversityPunjabINR 62,000
    Lovely professional universityJalandharINR 1,10,000
    Sandip universityNasikINR 40,000
    REVA universityBangaloreINR 50,000
    Biyani girls collegeJaipurINR 70,000
    Amity UniversityLucknowINR 1,64,000
    Integral UniversityLucknowINR 60,000
    Garden city universityBangaloreINR 1,05,000
    SRM UniversityChennaiINR 60,000
    GD Goenka UniversityGurgaonINR 1,20,000
    Andhra UniversityVishakhapatnamINR 17,600
    Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole UniversityJaipurINR 40,000
    Kristu Jayanti collegeBangaloreINR 1,20,000
    Bharath UniversityChennaiINR 60,000
    Royal global universityGuwahatiINR 1,00,100

    MA English Language and Literature: Eligibility 

    Interested aspirants for the course should fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria.

    • Bachelor’s degree with major from a regionally accredited institution
    • Significant coursework in English or related field from a recognized university
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    MA English Language and Literature: Admission Process

    Reputed institutes follow merit-based admission process. Most of the institutes conduct a common entrance test to select deserving candidates. Name or nature of entrance test may vary from one state to another. Some institutes are known to conduct private (institute-wise) entrance tests.

    MA English Language and Literature: Syllabus and Course Description

    A Year - wise syllabus of the course is tabulated below.

    Modern English Usage and GrammarLinguistics and Applied Linguistics
    Chaucer to ElizabethansAmerican Literature
    Metaphysical to MiltonWorld Literature
    Augustans and Neo-Classical WritersModern British Literature
    Pre- Romantics and RomanticsStylistics, Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics
    Phonetics and Spoken EnglishIndian English Literature
    Literary CriticismModern British Literature
    Victorian LiteratureCritical Theory

    MA English Language and Literature: Career Prospects

    MA English Language and Literature graduates acquire knowledge of a wide range of books and of language and history. Associated skills include an understanding of literary forms, an ability to analyze rhetorical and narrative structures, periods and movements,  and an attentiveness to details of language and style in what they read and in what they themselves write.

    Few skills which are transferable into other activities and professions include skills of comprehension, critical analysis, skills of oral and written argument and expression, and comparison, and skills of research and presentation.  Many students in the department go on to a wide variety of careers such as law, journalism, teaching, publishing, theatre, arts administration, advertising, manufacturing, and finance. 

    An MA English Language and Literature postgraduate often come across employment opportunities in various business services. The education sector is another major recruiter of Masters in English Literature graduate. They can enter in positions as teachers or lecturers. Another option in front of this graduate in English Literature is to take up a career in Journalism. There are many sectors that recruit MA English literature graduates.

    Related MA English Language and Literature courses

    • MA English
    • MA English Literature
    • MA Linguistics 

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    There are many jobs available in various government agencies as Interpreter, Decoders, and Translators. Many schools and colleges also recruit students with MA English Literature.

    Job PositionJob DescriptionAverage Annual Salary in INR
    ProfessorProfessors teach undergraduate or graduate students in community and 4-year colleges and universities. Some full-time professors at 4-year colleges and universities hold doctoral degrees. Some part-time professors may have master's degrees and work on their doctorate while teaching undergraduate courses.2,40,000
    WriterWriters produce written copy in the form of editorial articles, books, screenplays and promotional marketing material. This writing combines the talents of the writer with the elements of observation and analysis in an artistic portrayal of the human condition.4,66,000
    EditorThe editor is also known as the executive editor, and they manage all the day-to-day operations of a publication, such as a trade publication, magazine, newspaper, or academic journal. Editor-in-chief oversees all of the assistant, or department of a publication and they ensure each issue is released on time.7,00,000
    TranslatorA Translator converts written words from a 'source' language into a 'target' language; this is almost always his or her native language. Some Translators specialize in a combination of source and target languages; they are 'French to English' or 'English to Chinese.' Translators often specialize in a certain topic, such as medicine, finance, literature, law, or technology. 4,02,000
    Tourist guideTour guides work for tour and cruise lines, visitors' bureaus travel guide companies, independent contractors, cruise lines, and hotels as seasonal workers, or full-time employees. Guides may lead driving tours or cruises, walking tours, through popular sites, national parks, museums, historic neighbourhoods, or other regional points of interest.2,01,000

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