Ph.D. Programme in – English

Ph.D. in English


School of Humanities



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A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in English is an advanced academic degree earned in the field of English Literature. It involves extensive research on a topic, performed under close supervision by an experienced supervisor. The Ph.D. degree is awarded to students who have undertaken a program of sustained and supervised research leading to original contributions to their chosen fields or disciplines, which may be published as papers or books depending on the nature of the coursework taken during the doctorate studies.

Ph.D. in English is a terminal degree offered by the School of Humanities, K.R. Mangalam University that allows students to pursue various subjects of interest. It helps students develop skills for professional growth and enables them to assess the essence of academically oriented problems, as well as research approaches and solutions for these problems, by applying the methods learned during their program.

The Ph.D. programme caters to the following categories of students:

Full-Time Scholars

Scholars are required to devote full time on campus for the Ph.D. programme. Some scholars may be offered a teaching/research/project assistantship. The selected scholars will be required to assist in teaching/laboratories and other developmental work under the guidance of a mentor.

Part-Time Scholars

Scholars working in organizations situated in close vicinity of the university can enroll under this category.

Sponsored Scholars

Employees of organizations/industries having collaborations with the university can enroll under this category.

Programme Highlights

The Ph.D.programme is designed under the guidance of highly qualified and widely recognized faculty in their respective fields. This Ph.D.programme is for curious individuals who want to work at cutting edge research and expand the frontier of human knowledge. The Ph.D.programme is based on the research carried out by the scholars under the guidance of Supervisor/Co-Supervisor(s). The programme duration depends upon the completion of the chosen research work by the scholars. The research work is characterized either by the discovery of new facts or the proposition of a new theory/theories or by a fresh interpretation of known facts. It should bear evidence of the scholars’ capacity for analysis and judgment as well as his/her ability to carry out an independent investigation, design, or development. All admitted scholars who are provisionally registered into the programme are required to undertake a mandatory minimum course work of 12 credits. Upon successful completion of the course work, the student shall identify supervisor/co-supervisor(s) and prepare a detailed Research Proposal/Synopsis of the research s/he wants to carry out.

After the approval of the Synopsis by the supervisor/co-supervisor(s), students get registered into the Ph.D.programme. It must happen within the first year of admission. After formal registration, the scholar proceeds with research and is required to submit his/her progress report at the end of every semester and make a presentation to the School Research Committee (SRC). The minimum period after which a scholar can submit the dissertation is three years from the date of admission, and the maximum period allowed is six years. Women scholars and scholars with more than 40% disability may be given a relaxation of 2 years as per UGC norms. On completion of the research work, the scholar has to submit a summary (synopsis) of the research work and make a presentation to SRC. Before submitting the dissertation, the scholar should publish at least one paper from the research work in refereed journals and two presentations at the conference. The dissertation must be a piece of original work free from any plagiarism. The final dissertation is evaluated by examiners and scholars have to defend it.

Eligibility Criteria

  • A postgraduate degree or equivalent in the concerned subject from a recognized Indian University, or a postgraduate degree approved by the Association of Indian Universities/UGC/AICTE with not less than 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade ‘B’ in the UGC 7-point scale.
  • Ph.D. admission is open only for those students who have qualified UGC-NET (including JRF/UGC-CSIR NET/GATE) teacher fellowship or have passed M.Phil.
  • Ph.D. admission is open for regular University faculty.
Candidates are required to download the Ph.D. admission form from the university website and submit it completely filled in all respects with copies of all the documents. Shortlisted candidates will be called for written examination and interview. They will be required to pay a Registration-cum-Processing fee of INR 5000 (Refundable).
Admission to Ph. D.programme will be based on the overall performance in Post Graduate degree, Entrance Examination, Personal Interview and positions available. Preference will be given to GATE qualified candidates and those having sponsored projects.
Written Entrance Examination
It will broadly test the research aptitude and ability to comprehend. Candidates with GATE or equivalent qualifications may be exempted from the Entrance  Examination.
Personal Interview
Candidates who clear the written entrance examination will be selected for a Personal interview. The interview will be conducted by the Interview Board of the University to comprehensively judge in-depth knowledge in the concerned subject/area and ability to do research.
Admitted candidates will be required to pay the first installment of the Ph.D.programme fee and security deposit within the specified time to confirm admission.

Career Options

Students who complete their Ph.D. in English will be able to secure handsome job profiles at various leading MNCs, PSUs and research institutions: 
  • Lecturer/Professor/Academicians
  • Broadcast News Analysts
  • Editor in Chief
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Critical Journalist/Philosophical journalist
  • Head of Literary Societies/Educational

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