Ph.D. or D.Phil. English or Doctor of Philosophy in English is Doctorate degree English course. It is subjective in nature and undertakes the research work in depth. After having passed doctorate degree scholars should submit their ‘thesis’ and then they deserve the respective degree. Regarding Ph.D. (English), it is the literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; for example, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Joseph Conrad was born in Poland, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad, and Vladimir Nabokov was Russian, but all are considered important writers in the history of English literature. The duration of the programme is minimum two years from the date of registration (three years for external candidates) and maximum five to six years. The minimum qualifications and other eligibility criteria for admission are the same as for regular full-time students. Ph.D. is a broad-based course involving a minimum course credit requirement and research thesis.

Ph.D. English Eligibility

  • A Master’s degree is required to gain admission to a doctoral program. In some subjects, doing a Masters in Philosophy (M.Phil.) is a prerequisite to start Ph.D.
  • In cases, where the admission at the M.Phil. has been conducted through an entrance examination and course work has been prescribed at the M.Phil. level, such M.Phil. candidates when admitted to the Ph.D. programmes shall not be required to undertake entrance examination or course work and it shall be considered to have complied with the UGC (Minimum standards and procedure for award M.Phil./Ph.D. Degree).
  • In other cases, where a candidate has done M.Phil. from one university and moves to another university for Ph.D., the new university may give credit and exempt for the course work done in the previous university. However, such a candidate will have to appear in the entrance test as applicable to a fresh candidate directly joining Ph.D. This procedure will apply in case of those candidates who have also obtained Ph.D. degree from abroad.
  • For some prestigious Universities, a candidate is required to qualify the all India level examination such as ‘National Eligibility Test’ (NET) for Lectureship conducted by University Grants Commission. Candidates appearing in the final year of qualifying degree examination are eligible to apply. However, they must submit attested copies of qualifying degree certificates/final transcripts.
  • Admission is offered based on an interview held usually a month before the commencement of the semester for which admission is sought. The interview may be supplemented by a written test, if necessary.
  • Normally all candidates in Ph.D. program are required to be resident on campus. Candidates sponsored from reputed research organizations, who are conducting their Ph.D. work co-advised by a reputed guide at their organization, may be eligible to complete their Ph.D. off campus. Only for such sponsored candidates, the minimum residency requirement is 1 semester, during which they will need to complete the course requirements. However, frequent visit to the Institution where admission has been taken is still normally required.

Ph.D. English Course Suitability

  • Students those who interested or desirous in English, literature and its related areas, etc. are most suitable for this course.
  • If one who needs a Ph.D. for promotion in academics career, hike in salary, or stable job in academics then they can join this course. Such candidates should take admission in State run Universities and part time Ph.D.'s courses.

How is Ph.D. English Course Beneficial?

  • This degree course enables the students to go for various English and its related jobs.
  • Doctorate Degree enables one to keep pace with the expanding frontiers of knowledge and provides research training relevant to the present social and economic objectives of the country.
  • It learns to write a good research report and acquires the skill of presenting data in graphical form.


A Master’s degree is required to gain admission to a doctoral program. In some subjects, doing a Masters in Philosophy (M.Phil.) is a prerequisite to start Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. English Syllabus

    Syllabus of English as prescribed by various Universities and Colleges.

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    Subjects of Study

    Paper I

    Research Methodology (Theory) 


    1. Research: Nature and functions
    2. Types of literary research
    3. A scholar and a critic: Vocations
    4. Error, evidence and truth
    5. Textual study and the search for authoritative text
    6. Problems of authorship
    7. Search for origins
    8. Literature review: necessity, methods and utilization
    9. Research design
    10. Selecting and limiting the topic
    11. Making notes
    12. Formation of objectives and hypothesis (Meaning – Importance – Types –Sources – Characteristics –Forms – Difficulties in Formulation-Testing).
    13. Data collection: process, sources, types and tools
    14. Data: classification, tabulation, presentation and analysis
    15. Offering suggestions and recommendations
    16. How to write dissertation/ thesis?
    17. What is research paper? How to write research paper?
    18. Documentation Skills
    19. Abbreviations from MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (sixth edition).



    20. Preparing a Research Proposal in first term.
    21. Preparing at least two Research Papers one in each term.
    22. Learn to use library and online sources for research. Students will visit British library, INFLIBNET and at least two university libraries and prepare a project.

    Paper II

    English Language and Literature (Theory)


    Part A Language


    1. ELT: an introduction (History, Place, Position, Problems, Prospects and Future)
    2. Language acquisition and language learning
    3. Listening
    4. Speaking
    5. Reading
    6. Writing
    7. Communicative Language Teaching
    8. Computer aided language learning
    9. English for academic purposes
    10. English for specific purposes
    11. Business English Communication: Business letter, Report Writing, E Communication
    12. Basic concepts of Language Testing and assessment
    13. Teaching literature


    Part B Literature


    1. Ghosh, Amitav: The Shadow Lines, Mariner Books, 2005
    2. Literature Without Borders
    3. Bhagat, Chetan: One Night at the Call Center, Rupa, 2005.
    4. Shakespeare, William: Hamlet, Penguin.




    1. Computer orientation:
    2. Computer aided language learning and teaching.
    3. Use of Language Learning Softwares to improve LSRW.

    Paper III

    Translation: Theory


    Part A Theory of translation


    1. Translation: an introduction.
    2. Nature, meaning and its function.
    3. Principles of correspondence
    4. Theories of Translation
    5. Art of translation
    6. Types, process, problems and limitations of translation
    7. Time: tense, mood and aspect
    8. Concepts and notions
    9. Idiom: from one culture to another
    10. Transference, free rendering and transcreation
    11. Translation and transliteration
    12. Machine Translation
    13. Translating literary, religious and scientific texts
    14. Indian Literature in English Translation
    15. Translation Theory: An Indian Perspective


    Part B: Books in Translation:


    1. Patel, Pannalal:Endurance: A Droll Saga (Manavini Bhavai) trans. Prof. V. Y. Kantak, Sahitya Akademi Publications.
    2. Tagore, Rabindranath: Gitanjali, trans. William Radich, Penguin.
    3. Backett, Samuel: Waiting for Godot, Faber and Faber.
    4. Gandhi, M.K.:My Experiments with Truth (Satya na Prayogo) trans. Mahadevbhai Desai, Navjivan Press.




    1. Translation of minimum 30 pages from English to L1 or vice versa.
    2. Translation of at least two oral discourses from English into L1 and vice versa.Audio CD and recording will be used for the same.
    3. Students will learn the use computer in translation.

    Paper IV



    1. The research scholar will be required to write a dissertation on a topic to be selected in consultation with the faculty.
    2. The research scholar can opt for translating a book containing not less than 100 pages from L1 into English or vice versa in consultation with the faculty. The researcher will narrate process and discuss issues, problems, solutions, etc. faced during translating the work in forward.

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