The two-year M.Phil programme of the Department of English, located between the M.A. and the Ph.D, provides the student with a unique experience of graduate study and research: unlike the M.A. which works with large lecture classes and the Ph.D which mainly involves working alone on a research project under supervision, the M.Phil offers the opportunity for intensive interaction with a peer group in small seminar sessions and training in closely supervised research. Faculty members enjoy full freedom in designing courses in the M.Phil and students choose their courses from a wide range of options offered in each semester. As a result, M.Phil courses explore newly emerging research areas and problem fields, and enable thinking beyond traditional disciplinary borders.
The M.Phil programme began in the Department of English in 1979, and has evolved continuously in tune with the changing contours of the discipline. Its structure too has seen several changes. The programme runs under a special ordinance of the University, which has allowed constant modulation of the programme in response to the changing needs of the students.
Spread over four semesters, the M.Phil programme has the following structure:
- After admission, students are enrolled in a research methodology course. In addition to this, each student chooses one of the courses on offer in the first semester.
- In the second semester, students choose two optional courses. At the end of the this semester, they specify the area of their research specialization.
- In the third semester, in addition to continuing the coursework in an optional course, students begin work on their dissertation by writing an individually supervised essay on the area of their research interest. At the end of the this semester, interested students may apply for a direct transfer to the PhD programme without completing their M.Phil. Decisions on such applications take into account the performance of the student in coursework and the quality and viability of the research proposal.
- In the fourth semester, students who do not transfer to the Ph.D programme write their M.Phil dissertation under supervision.