Frequently Asked Questions | Department of English

Frequently Asked Questions

Information about fees may be found here. Each admitted student to the Postgraduate programme receives significant funding in the form of research and teaching assistantships. This enables selected students to substantially defray the cost of their education and also to gain early and valuable experience in teaching and research. 

The M.A. ( English) is an advanced degree that imparts the knowledge required to (a) teach English courses at the high school level, (b) sit for the NET examination and then apply for positions in undergraduate colleges, (c) sit for the GRE examination for a PhD in the United States (d), apply for Ph.D. programs in England and other European countries, and (e) sit for other competitive examinations such as the IAS.

In addition the M.A. programme is oriented towards developing different styles of writing, organizational and comprehension skills. This set of advanced skills make our M.A. graduates suitable for jobs in the media, law, and advertising. 

Eligible candidate should have an undergraduate degree in any discipline from the Humanities and Social Sciences from a recognised university or institution at the time of admission with a minimum of 55%. Candidates from disciplines other than the Humanities and Social Sciences must have a minimum of 70% in their undergraduate degree at the time of admission. Third year B.A. candidates (for three-year programmes) are eligible to apply but their final admission is contingent upon fulfilling the admission criterion outlined above. 

The Department accepts only full-time students. Selections will be based on (a) your Statement of Purpose, (b)  an open book test which can be taken from your home any time before the submission of the complete application, and (c)  an online interview for short-listed candidates. The last date for applying online is 5.00pm on 25th April 2021.

Further information may be found here.

Candidates will have to sit for an admission test before they are shortlisted for an interview with the faculty. The admission test focuses on analytical ability, fluency in thought and writing, and domain knowledge. There is no pattern to the questions set by the examiners.

Students from both Humanities and other disciplines (such as Engineering) have gained admission to our programme in the past.

The Department will get in touch with you if you have been selected for admission. You should expect a formal notification by July 2021.

Shiv Nadar University is located in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh. It is A built on a sprawling campus, spread over 286 acres located in a rapidly transforming rural–urban landscape in the National Capital Region. A regular shuttle service connects the campus to the nearest Metro station in Greater Noida.

Yes, Shiv Nadar University is UGC approved. The public notice on private university issued by University Grants Commissions lists Shiv Nadar University among 236 private universities established by Acts of Legislatures of different states which are competent to award degrees as specified by UGC under Section 22 of the UGC Act.

Shiv Nadar University is also a member of Association of Indian Universities.

As of March 2021, the Ministry of Education, Government of India, has granted Shiv Nadar University the status of ‘Institute of Eminence.'

Yes, it is mandatory for graduate students to stay on Shiv Nadar University campus to avail of the student life activities and engage in activities outside their classroom curriculum, including guest lectures, events, etc.

A regular shuttle services operates between campus and the nearest Metro station in Greater Noida. All students can avail of this service which runs on all days of the week.

The M.A. in English at SNU is designed to combine rigour with creativity. It takes students through the significant moments in English literary history and world literature but it also incorporates courses in critical and cultural theory, translation, creative writing and visual theory. Our pedagogy includes classroom lectures designed to gradually draw a student into the complexity of texts, and also more interactive, seminar based formats possible only with small groups. Above all, our excellent student-teacher ratio has enabled us to put in place a rigorous, multi-tiered, and varied program of writing that will include compulsory courses in academic writing, good writing for the general public, and writing narratives. You can find the prospectus here.

The programme admits 10 students per year. This enables intensive one-to-one interactions between teacher and student. Through such interactions, we hope to prepare the student to write a substantially researched 8,000-word thesis at the end of the program. We see potential academics in our best students and we are committed to supporting them through their research careers in every way possible.