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Master of Arts (M.A. English)


Sarala Birla University, Ranchi offers two years of full time Master of Arts (MA) in English. The programme aims to impart an in-depth knowledge of language, literature and philosophy with the historical contexts and the various modes of thoughts and movements across the world.

The MA (English) curriculum, in Four Semesters covers diverse areas of Literature, Linguistics, Criticism and Media Studies, with specializations in Indian Philosophy, Theatre, Cinema and Translation. Language acquisition, self-expression and enhancement of the creative faculties of the pupils are specially focussed upon. Considering the fact that Literature itself is a vast subject, students are given the opportunity to select electives and opt for a specialization of their choice.

Moreover, the programme provides a basic training to the students for academic and non-academic research in Language, Literature, Cinema and Culture. SBU also allows the students to simultaneously opt for a certificate course in French, in order to broaden the scope of the career options for the students.

Students are given opportunities to learn from Scholars, Authors and Editors through seminars, workshops and internships. Through various literary events and expert-talks students are also provided the practical exposure to the developments in the field. The Department of Humanities strongly believes in facilitating an open environment of learning where extensive discussions and debates happen and ideas are exchanged freely.

Overall, the programme aims to develop the analytical and critical skills of the students through the comprehensive study of the various genres. As the enhancement of the cultural consciousness happens, SBU aspires to create morally awakened global citizens capable of social empathy. After completing an MA in English, one can choose to pursue PhD in English or can start working in various sectors such as Teaching, Journalism, Language Translator, Content writer, Freelancer jobs etc.



  • 1. Expand knowledge related to the study of literature and language that includes a diversity of authors, genres, theories, and cultural-historical contexts.
  • 2. The course aims at giving the students increased insight into the subject with a knowledge of literature and culture, and make them capable of expressing themselves in a clear and concise manner about literary and cultural questions, both in writing and orally.
  • 3. Communicate research effectively through oral and written presentations.
  • 4. Conduct independent scholarship in ways that consistently demonstrate ethical practice and professionalism
  • 5. For Post graduate students who receive a teaching assistantship, develop strategies for the effective teaching of undergraduate students.

Programme Outcome:

  • 1. Core Knowledge, Methods, and Scholarship: Students will acquire general knowledge of a range of historical fields that comprise an English Department, and a range of theories, methods, research protocols, and scholarly practices that are necessary for strong research, teaching, and service in our discipline, and that are crucial supplements to undergraduate degrees and professional degrees for students who do not plan to pursue PhDs in English.
  • 2. To discuss encompassing major cultural and socio-political discussions of the nation from the past to the present.
  • 3. Creative synthesis and critical thinking: Students will learn a number of strategies for analyzing individual examples of literature and for thinking synthetically about works that share a formal, generic, topical, or historical impulse.
  • 4. Research/Methods: Students will learn how to design and carry out original and persuasive research in English literature with particular attention to their chosen historical field(s) or research focus.

Why MA in English?

One can argue several reasons for choosing an MA in English, such as, it gives an immense career boost for people seeking jobs in teaching, content writing, freelancer or journalism fields. Further, it opens a plethora of opportunities for people who are interested in making their careers in writing or working as a translator at various international agencies.

Below mentioned are some of the reasons as to why MA in English should be taken up as a career course by students at SBU,

  • It can take you down a number of career paths: English exists as today’s lingua franca. An MA in English degree can open innumerable professional doors. Out of which some of the conventional career options include editing, journalism, freelancer teaching and writing. However, of late students pursue MA in English to land a job in content marketing and content writing, or land a position in a community college or university.
  • Improve your own language skills: An MA in English will improve your vocabulary skills to a huge extent. No matter how good you are, you will notice that words come to mind more easily and that you think in English more often than before.
  • Most people assume that becoming a high school teacher is the only future career for someone with an MA in English. While teaching is certainly an option, many other career opportunities are out there. People can choose to get involved in search engine marketing, content marketing, copywriting, journalism, technical writing, news reporting, and more. Those with an MA can also opt to move on to further education to attain a PhD.
  • On the successful completion of the course, the graduates are expected to analyze a work of literature in its historical, cultural, political and philosophical context professionally.

The two-year full time MA programme in English is structured very carefully in order to create an academic, experiential and transformational learning environment. The course is designed as per the UGC – CBCS scheme. The detailed course structure of the course can be downloaded from the following link:


SBU has a firm belief in providing/ rendering holistic education to develop competitive skills and knowledge to the students. At SBU, improve your professional practice with the Master of Arts in English. This degree program embeds advanced curriculum in the content areas of English and Literacy within a framework of pedagogical theory and reflection which includes some of the courses related to British Literature, World Literature, Indian Literature in English, Translation Literature, Literary Theory, etc. The students are shaped and groomed through rigorous and frequent activities aiming at continuous practical exposure such as:

  • Class-Room Lectures
  • Group Discussions
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Projects and Assignments
  • Role Play and Simulation


Mentoring programme is designed for providing students a hand to help, guide and listen them as and when needed. Mentoring at SBU contributes significantly to the academic and emotional wellbeing of the student. A student is attached to his/her Mentor for a given period of time which is helpful towards the development of a special bond between the mentor & mentee, resulting towards a greater reciprocation of thoughts and ideas. Mentors guide their mentee in achieving the desired career path. To make mentoring rigorous and value added, mentors maintain a record of mentee and track of his/her performance and attendance regularly.

  • Personality Development
  • Societal Issues
  • Environment
  • Culture and Traditions of Ranchi


Passed Bachelor's Degree with English as a subject /Bachelor's of Arts (Hons.) with atleast 45% marks in Aggregate. (05% relaxation in marks in case of candidates belonging to ST/SC category).

Admission Process

Aspirants can apply online to, they may also download the application form from the website of the University and may submit along with the relevant documents to the Information Centre of the University, students may also walk down to the University campus along with relevant documents to the Information centre for counselling and further admission process.

Applicants may submit the application form and required documents at the Admission Office personally or by post. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application form is complete in all respects, and is accompanied by the required documents.

Applicants should attach the copies of the following Certificates/Documents.

  • Passing / Provisional Certificates along with Mark Sheets of the qualifying Examinations
  • School/College leaving certificate last attended
  • Conduct Certificate
  • Anti-Ragging Affidavit
  • Medical Certificate issues by a registered medical practitioner (M.B.B.S)

Note: Final Year students awaiting the declaration of results can also apply and can also be considered for Admission. However, they have to submit the relevant supportive documents at the time of admission.

MA in English
₹ 68,200
Total Course Fee
One Time Per Semester
Duration Application Fee Registration Fee Caution Money Development Fee Exam Fee Tuition Fee ICT
2 Years One Time ₹ 1000 ₹ 10,000 ₹ 5,000 Per Semester ₹ 1,900 ₹ 1,000 ₹ 10,000 ₹ 400

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SBU provide financial support to students through e-kalyan, Govt. of Jharkhand.

Internship & Career Opportunities:

SBU has an active placement cell working through out for maintaining good placement record. The placement cell is credited for taking active participation in selection of companies visiting the University for Campus recruitment. It is supported by active placement committee members who have rich industry experience and valuable linkages in the corporate world. Mandatory personality development classes have been introduced, in which students are trained for public speaking, presentations, self-assessment exercises etc.

Summer Internships:

The Placement Cell provides Internship opportunities to the students in the areas of editing, content development, advertising, academic writing, and teaching and non-technical job roles. This helps boost their employability as they are professionally groomed for future job opportunities.

Career Opportunities:

Apart from the academic career in the field of education, a student of MA (English) may aspire for jobs in BPOs, KPOs, publishing, theatre, media and entertainment, corporate, content writing, translation, advertising and public relations.