M. A in English


Depending on the student’s total number of year of academic career, MA in English program is divided into two categories. The categories are One Year MA in English Program and Two Years MA in English Program. The students who have previously obtained BA (Hons) in English from any recognized university are eligible to get admission to the One Year MA in English Program. The students with degrees other than BA (Hons) in English are eligible for admission to the Two Years MA in English Program. 
Credit and Course Requirements

  Programme Total Credits Number of Core Courses Number of Specialized Courses Total Courses
One Year MA 36 7 (Seven) 3 (Three) 10 + 1 (Dissertation and Viva Voce)

Two Years MA


66 14 (Fourteen) 6 (Six) 20 + 1 (Dissertation and Viva voce)

Depending on the availability of the courses to be offered and the number of the seats available in a section, a student can take a minimum of 2 (two) and a maximum of 4 (four) courses in a single semester.

Course Outline

1st semester

Course Code Course Title Credit
ENG 526 Research Methodology 3
ENG 503 Drama: European and American 3
ENG 512 English for Communication 3
ENG 513 Modern English Poetry 3

1st semester

Course Code Course Title Credit
ENG 535 ELT Methodology


ENG 509 Modern British Fiction


ENG 511 Modern Literary Theory


ENG 514 Post-Colonial Literature and Theory


3rd Semester (Major: Literature)

Course Code Course Title Credit
ENG 525 African and Caribbean Literature in English 3
ENG 524 Creative Writing 3
ENG 521 Shakespeare 3
ENG 523 Modern European Fiction 3

3rd Semester (Major: ELT)

Course Code Course Title Credit
ENG 532 Second Language Acquisition 3
ENG 534 Curriculum and Materials Design 3
ENG 507 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 3
ENG 533 Language Testing and Error Analysis 3

Course Details

Core Courses
ENG-501 History of English Literature

  • The Age of Chaucer
  • Renaissance and the Elizabethan Age
  • The Puritan Age
  • The Restoration Period
  • Eighteenth Century Literature
  • The Romantic Period
  • The Victorian Age
  • The Modern Age
  • Postmodern Period 

ENG-502 Computer Fundamentals

  • Hardware and software concepts
  • Functions of CPU, memory, and I/O devices
  • Functions of the operating system, introduction to some commonly used operating systems, DOS and Windows environment
  • Concept of database, Networking and Internet applications
  • Application packages (MS Words, MS Excel and MS Access)
  • Basic ideas about programming and some high-level programming

ENG-503 Drama: European and American

  • Ibsen    A Doll’s House
  • Eugene O’Neill  Desire under the Elms
  • G. B. Shaw    Man and Superman
  • Beckett Waiting for Godot

ENG-504 Romantic Poetry
Blake: Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience
Wordsworth: “Lines Composed a Few Miles above “Tintern Abbey”
“Ode: Intimations of Immortality”
“London 1802”
“A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal”
S T Coleridge: “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
P.B. Shelley:“Ode to the West Wind”     
“To a Sky-Lark”
“Hymn to Intellectual Beauty”
Byron:Don Juan (Canto 1 & 2)
John Keats:“Ode to Psyche”
“Ode to a Nightingale”
“Ode on a Grecian Urn”
“Ode on Melancholy”
“To Autumn”
ENG-505 Introduction to Linguistics
The course exposes the student to the basic aspects of linguistics required to understand and analyze particular languages and language in general. The topics to be dealt with in this course are:

  • Linguistics: Definition, characteristics, levels and branches
  • Schools of linguistics: Saussure, Bloomfield, Chomsky, and Firth and Halliday
  • Phonetics and phonology: definitions, differences, range and basic aspects
  • Morphology and syntax: morphemes, IC Analysis, PS grammar and TG grammar
  • Semantics and Pragmatics: meanings of meaning, difficulty in studying meaning, types of meaning, semantic relations, transactional and interactional functions of language, sentences versus utterances and spoken versus written language

ENG-506 Introduction to ELT

  • Basic principles of ELT
  • Historical landmarks of ELT
  • Development of different approaches and methods in ELT
  • Factors affecting ELT
  • ELT in Bangladesh 

ENG-507 Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

  • Transactional and interactional functions of language
  • Text, texture and coherence
  • Discourse, spoken and written language & sentences and utterances
  • Discourse analysis and language teaching
  • Language, contexts and communication
  • Speech acts and language teaching
  • Conversational analysis and language teaching

ENG-508 Classics in Translation
Sophocles                    : King Oedipus
Aeschylus                    : Agamemnon
Aristophanes               : Frogs
Homer                         : The Iliad
Virgil                           : The Aeneid

ENG-509 Modern British Fiction
James JoycePortrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Virginia WoolfMrs. Dalloway
William GoldingLord of the Flies
Graham GreeneThe Heart of the Matter

ENG-510 Postmodernism in Literature

  • Modern vs. Postmodern
  • Postmodernism and literature
  • Postmodernism and architecture
  • Postmodernism and the visual arts
  • Postmodernism and popular culture
  • Postmodernism and feminism
  • Critiques of postmodernism
  • Magic realism

 ENG-511 Modern Literary Theory

  • American New Criticism, Moral Formalism and F. R. Leavis
  • Russian Formalism: Historical Development, Jakobson, Bakhtin, Mukarovsky
  • Reader-Oriented Theories
  • Marxist approaches: Soviet Socialist Realism,
  • George Lukacs, Bertolt Brecht, Williams, Eagleton, Jameson
  • Structuralist Theories: Saussure, Barthes, Levi-Straus, Jonathan Culler
  • Post-structuralist theories: Discourse
  • Psyco-analytic criticism: Lakan, Kristeva, Freudian, Jungian
  • Deconstruction and Derrida
  • Discourse and power: Foucault
  • New Historicism
  • Post-modernism  
  • Colonial and Post-colonial discourse: Said, Spivak
  • Feminist approaches: Virginia Woolf, Simon de Beauvoir

ENG-512 English for Communication

  • Grammar in spoken and written English
  • Varieties of English: geographical and national varieties, regional dialect, accent and intonation, British English, American English, Australian English, Canadian English, Indian English, Chinese and Japanese English, English as a global language
  • Levels of usage:  formal and informal English
  • Language and style:  style as deviation
  • style as ornamentation
  • style and ideology
  • Different styles: newspaper styles, front pages, problem pages, literary language, prose devices, narrative structure, dialogic structure, style in popular fiction, poetic structures, political rhetoric, the language of criticism
  • Business English: reports, letters, memoranda, editing, developing press copies, advertising talk, titles, narratives

ENG-513 Modern English Poetry
T.S. Eliot   The Waste Land
“The Hollow Men”

Dylan Thomas                         “The Force that through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower                                    “After the Funeral
“Fern Hill”
“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night”

Philip Larkin                           “Church Going”
“Sad Steps”

Ted Hughes                             “Wind”
“The Seven Sorrows”

Derek Walcott                         “A Far Cry from Africa”
“Nights in the Garden of Port Of Spain”
“The Glory Trumpeter”

Seamus Heaney                       “Digging”
“The Forge”
“Station Island”
“A Ship of Death”
ENG-514 Post-Colonial Literature and Theory

  • Homi Bhabha “Remembering Fanon: Self, Psyche and the Colonial Question”
  • Edward Said “Orientalism Reconsidered”
  • Chinua Achebe “The African Writer and the English Language”
  • Stuart Hall “Cultural Identity and Diaspora”

Literary Texts:

  • Kipling Kim
  • V. S. Naipaul A House for Mr. Biswas
  • R. K. Narayan The Man Eater of Malgudi
  • Anita Desai Clear Light of Day

ENG-515 (Compulsory) Dissertation & Viva Voce
The student who has completed all the courses of the programme must prepare and submit a dissertation on the topic or the area which should be assigned to him/her by the supervisor. The student will complete the dissertation under the guidance of the supervisor.
It should also be noted that the student must pass in the presentation of the dissertation. The dissertation carries 6 (six) Credits. The student must secure pass marks in the viva-voce which will be conducted during the presentation of the dissertation.

Specialized Courses
English Literature
ENG-521 Shakespeare

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • King Lear
  • Julius Caesar
  • Othello
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Tempest
  • Sonnets (As in Norton)

ENG-522 Modern World Drama

  • Anton Chekov The Cherry Orchard
  • Eugene Ionesco The Lesson
  • Bertholt Brecht Mother Courage
  • Harold Pinter The Birthday Party
  • Edward Albee The Zoo Story

ENG-523  Modern European Fiction

  • Dostoevsky  Crime and Punishment
  • Jean Paul Sartre Nausea
  • Albert Camus The Outsider
  • Frantz Kafka The Metamorphosis

ENG-524 Creative Writing
Creative writing is a workshop-based course in which it is necessary to discover, analyze, and apply the methods and forms used in various forms of fiction, poetry, and dramatic writing. The course emphasizes theories, experimentation and practice, taking our cues from published writers, poets, and playwrights. Writing is a craft, a process, a form of art in itself. Creative writing does not only provide the student with an opportunity to express him/herself, but also allows him/her to focus on word choice, diction, form, editing, idea generation, and other skills useful in non-fiction writing.
Various poems, short stories, plays and screenplays will be used as models for study, analysis and emulation. Interviews of authors / poets discussing their writing experiences will also be used to gain background, insight, and inspiration for the writing process.
ENG-525 African and Caribbean Literature in English 

  • Chinua Achibe  Things Fall Apart
  • Wole Soyinka   The Lion and the Jewel
  • V S Naipaul   A Bend in the River
  • Nadine Gordimer  July’s People

ENG-526 (Compulsory) Research Methodology

  • Research: definition, statement of the problem and asking appropriate questions
  • Methodology and literature review
  • Research materials
  • Analysis, interpretation and inferences
  • Dissertation format: abstract, chapters, etc
  • Documentation and preparing a bibliography (e.g. MLA, APA)

Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching (ELT)

ENG-531 Phonetics and Phonology

  • Speech organs and air-stream mechanism
  • Phonetics, branches of phonetics, phonology, and differences between phonetics & phonology
  • Monophthongs, diphthongs & their characteristics
  • Consonant phonemes and their places & manner of articulation
  • Syllable and phonotactics
  • Stress, nature & levels of stress, factors of stress prominence, word stress, sentence stress and weak forms
  • Intonation and its functions

ENG-532 Second Language Acquisition

  • Definition of SLA, difference between acquisition and learning, SLA vs. FLA,
  • Role of input and formal instruction materials
  • Basic theories of SLA: the acculturation model; monitor model; accommodation theory; interlanguage model and so forth
  • Individual learning differences: attitude, aptitude, memory, motivation, age, personality, cognitive style, intelligence, etc
  • Modes of teaching- group work, pair work, whole class, teacher talk and class management specially dealing with large classes

ENG-533  Language Testing and Error Analysis

  • Definition, purposes, types and techniques of testing
  • Validity, reliability and practicality of a test
  • Steps in the test construction
  • Communication and the design of tests
  • Technology and testing
  • Errors - concept, types, gravity, causes, categorization and correction
  • Error analysis - definition, steps and limitations
  • Error analysis and L2 teaching

ENG-534 Curriculum and Materials Design

  • Curriculum versus syllabus
  • Purposes of syllabus design
  • Types of syllabus
  • Factors in designing a syllabus
  • Construction of a syllabus
  • Needs analysis and syllabus design: a learner centered approach
  • Materials evaluation and selection
  • Materials design, adaptation and adoption

ENG-535  ELT Methodology

  • Approaches, methods and techniques
  • The grammar-translation method
  • The direct method
  • The audio-lingual method
  • The communicative language teaching approach (CLTA)
  • Teaching the basic skills of English- listening, speaking, reading and writing

ENG-536 (Compulsory) Research Methodology

  • Research - concept, types, questions, the systematic way internal and external validity
  • Variables - scales, functions and types
  • Research report format and outlining the abstract
  • Sampling, probability and hypothesis testing
  • Preparing the thesis/dissertation, references and bibliography