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M.A. English

Course Description

  1. DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME:   The duration of the MA Programme shall be 2 years, each year comprising two semesters. Each semester lasts for six months inclusive of examinations with a minimum of 90 working days .
  2. ELIGIBILITY FOR ADMISSION:   Candidates seeking admission to the programme shall be required to have obtained a Bachelor degree (under 10+2+3 pattern) of this University or any other Indian or foreign University recognized by Kannur University with a minimum of 50 percent marks in aggregate in the qualifying examination. Candidates belonging to socially and economically backward communities (OBC) are eligible for a relaxation of 5 percent marks in the qualifying examination. Those belonging to scheduled castes/scheduled tribes need only a pass in the qualifying degree examination are to apply for admission to the programme .
  3. ADMISSION PROCEDURE: As per the revised regulation of Kannur University, (No. Acad/C4/14536/2014 dated 29/05/15) under Clause 4.1, admission to MA programme will be made purely on the basis of an entrance test to be conducted by the Department of Studies in English at Dr. Janaki Ammal Campus, Palayad, Thalassery .
  4. WRITTEN TEST: Written test will be based on BA English Language and Literature syllabus of Kannur University. The test will be of two hours duration and questions comprise both objective and descriptive modes .
  5. RESERVATION:   The final selection list will be prepared taking into consideration, the relevant reservation rules approved by Kannur University from time to time .
  6. COURSE AND CREDITS:   Two kinds of courses are offered to the students in the programme. They are Core Courses and Elective/Open courses. Core courses and Elective Courses are offered directly by the parent department offering the programme and Open elective courses are offered either by the parent department or by any other department.
  7. CREDIT REQUIREMENTS: The students are expected to do 2 Core Courses and 3 Elective Courses in I semester, 3 Core Courses and 1 Elective and 1 Open Elective in II semester, 2 Core Courses, 2 Elective Courses and 1 Open Elective in III Semester and 3 Core Courses and a Dissertation or one Elective in IV Semester. However, the elective need not necessarily be one from the list given above as the department may change the electives from time to time depending on the availability and specialization of faculty and choice of the student. They are also encouraged to go interdisciplinary and opt for open elective courses from other departments, which would be helpful in widening the scope of literary and language studies. The minimum credits needed for the successful completion of the programme shall be 78. The students are registered for the required number of courses at the beginning of each semester before the classes begin. No student shall register for more than 24 credits and less than 19 credits in a semester .  
  8. REGISTRATION: The students have to register for the required number of courses at the beginning of each semester before the classes begin. They have to complete the prescribed prerequisites for the course before registration. The student within a maximum of 10 working days after the commencement of the class can change the optional courses in consultation with their student advisor who is a faculty member, if the student feels that she/he has registered for more courses than she/he can handle .  
  9. SCHEME OF EVALUATION: The evaluation of a course consists of two parts: Continuous Evaluation (CE) and End Semester Examination (ESE). The total marks allotted for each course shall be 100, with a maximum of 40% marks for continuous assessment and 60% marks for End Semester Assessment. The duration of the End Semester Assessment (Written Examination) for each paper shall be for 3 hours. The minimum marks required for the successful completion of a course shall be 50% .
  10. CONTINUOUS EVALUATION:   The maximum marks for continuous Evaluation shall be 40 and shall be based on the following components: * Written Assignments/Oral Presentation/Term Papers * Class Tests/Quizzes/Group presentation

    At the beginning of each course the teacher concerned shall inform the students the method s/he proposes
    to adopt for continuous assessment .
  11. PROJECT: In the fourth semester each student shall take up a project based on any topic of his/her interest. The project aims at introducing the students with research methodology and to prepare them for writing dissertations. Students are required to do a project on a topic relating to an area of study chosen in consultation with the faculty. However, the topics shall be approved by the department council. They would have to submit a project report of about 50-60 pages before the end of the semester. The project report should follow the current edition of the MLA Handbook internationally accepted for thesis writing in English. Each student shall be guided in his/her project by a member of the faculty. A board of examiners comprising not less than three members constituted by the head of the department shall evaluate and decide the marks to be awarded to the student for the project .  
  12. VIVA: A Viva Voce examination will be conducted at the end of the IVth semester. The Viva Board comprises not less than 3 members including an external examiner with the head of the department as Chairperson
    Students who do not want to do a project can opt for one of the elective papers offered by the department. .

Sanctioned Strength

  • 35

Fee Structure

  • Admission Fee - 445
  • Tuition fee (per sem.) - 2650
  • Library fee (per sem.) - 270
  • Special Fee (per year) - 290
  • Student Welfare/Development fee (per year) - 290
  • Caution Deposit (Refundable) - 250
  • Students Affiliation Fee - 440
  • Sports Affiliation Fee(per year) - 220
  • University Union Fee (per year) - 110
  • University Development Fund (per year) - 60