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University of Madras - Institute of Distance Education - Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - English

Course Title

MPhil English

Course Duration

The course of study shall extend over a period of two academic years commencing from 1st September. The examination for Part I shall be taken in the month of August of the next year and Part II - Dissertation at the end of the second year.

Eligibility Criteria / Entry Requirements

a) Candidate who have qualified for any of the following Post-Graduate Degrees prior to 1st January 1991, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed therefor shall be eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and undergo the prescribed course of study in an approved Institution or Department of the University.
Master's degree in Arts (or) Master's Degree in Science in the Faculty of Science (or) Master's Degree in Basic Sciences including Material Science offered for the Degree of Master of Science in Applied Sciences under the Faculty of Engineering (or) Master's Degree in Commerce (or) Master's Degree in Education (or) Master's Degree in Business Administration of this University (or) of any other University recognised by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto.

(b) Candidates who have qualified for any one of the Post-Graduate Degrees mentioned in Regulation 1(a) supra on or after 1st January 1991, shall be required to have obtained a minimum of 55% of marks in their respective Post-Graduate Degrees to become eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and undergo the prescribed course of study in approved Institution or Department of the University.

(c) Teacher candidates working in affiliated Colleges or in Departments of the University or in Polytechnics approved by the Department of Technical Education or in approved Higher Secondary Schools as well as High Schools under the State Board or Central Board or Education Instructors of the Indian Armed Forces who possess the qualifications prescribed in Regulation 1 supra, shall be eligible to register for the Degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and undergo the prescribed course of study in an approved Institution or Department of this University.

(d) Concession of 5% marks for SC/ST.

(e) Candidates who have qualified for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or B.Sc., (Honours) or B.Com (Honours) under the Old Regulations of this University or any other University recognised by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto may also be permitted to register for the M.Phil.Degree.

Course of Study

The course of study for the degree shall consist of (a) Part I comprising three written papers according to the syllabi duly approved by the Chairman of the Board of Studies concerned from time to time; and (b) Part II - Dissertation.
Part I shall consist of Paper 1- Research Methodology, Paper 2 - An advanced paper in the main subject and Paper 3 - which shall be a back-ground paper relating to the proposed dissertation conducted internally by the College/Department.
Provided that candidates admitted under inter-disciplinary basis shall be required to take Paper 1 - Research Methodology and Paper 2 - An advanced paper in the main subject and Paper 3 - which shall be an inter-disciplinary paper relating to the proposed dissertation, conducted internally by the College/Department. The syllabus for the inter-disciplinary paper shall be approved by the Chairman of the respective Board of Studies.

Scheme of Examination

Part 1 - Written Examinations - Papers 1, 2 and 3
Part II - Dissertation

Part 1 - Written Examinations - Papers 1, 2 and 3

The examinations for Papers 1, 2 and 3 shall be held in the month of August of the following year.
The duration for each paper shall be 3 hours carrying 100 marks each.
The question paper setters shall be appointed from the standing list of examiners submitted by the respective Chairman of the Board of Studies.
The written papers shall be valued by one internal and one external examiner.
The examiners shall be appointed from the panel of four names for each paper submitted by the respective Heads of Departments in consultation with the supervisor.
If both the examiners have awarded fail marks, irrespective of any difference, the candidates shall be declared to have failed in the written paper.
If the both the examiners have given pass marks, candidates shall be declared to have passed in the written paper irrespective of the difference taking the average of the two valuations.
If one examiner gives pass marks and the other examiner gives fail marks, the written paper may be referred to a third examiner irrespective of the difference and the third valuation shall be final.

Part II - Dissertation

The exact title of the dissertation shall be intimated within one month after the completion of the written examination.(i.e. at the end of the First year) Candidates shall submit the dissertation to the University through the Supervisor and Head of the Department / Principal before the end of the second year.The Dissertation shall be valued by the internal examiner (Supervisor) and one external examiner appointed by the University from a panel of four names sent by the supervisor through the Head of the Department / Principal at the time of intimating the title of the dissertation.
The examiners who value the dissertation shall report on the merit of the candidate as 'Highly commended' or 'Commended' or 'Not commended'.
If one examiner commends the dissertation and the other examiner does not commend, the dissertation may be referred to a third examiner and the third valuation shall be final.
Re-submission of dissertation shall be done before 30th October.

Passing Minimum

i) A candidate shall be declared to have passed Part 1 of the examination if he/she secures not less than 50% of the marks in each paper, including Paper 3 for which examinations are conducted internally.
ii) A candidate shall be declared to have passed Part II of the examination if his/her dissertation is Commended / Highly Commended.
iii) All other candidates shall be declared to have failed in the Examinations.
RANGE OF DISSERTATION MARKS
Not Commended - 49% and below, Commended - 50% to 69% Highly Commended - 70 % and above.

Restriction in number of chances

No candidate shall be permitted to re-appear for the written examination in any paper on more than two occasions or to re-submit a dissertation more than once. Candidates shall have to qualify for the degree passing all the written papers, dissertation within a period of three years from the date of commencement of the course.

Conferment of degree

i) No candidate shall be eligible for conferment of the M.Phil Degree unless he/she is declared to have passed both the parts of the examination as per the Regulations.
ii) Candidates who have qualified for Post M.A., Diploma in Economics or the Post M.S., Diploma in Physics, Botany, or Zoology of this University may register with the University for Part II of the M.Phil course concerned to work under an approved guide. They shall be exempted from the written papers of the M.Phil degree examination but shall be required to submit a dissertation. Candidates declared successful in the dissertation shall be declared to have qualified for the M.Phil Degree. However, candidates who have qualified for the Post M.A., Diploma in Economics or the Post M.Sc., Diploma in Physics, Botany or Zoology of this University and have submitted a dissertation as part of the scheme of examination taken by them for the above Diploma may be considered on par with the M.Phil Degree.

Qualification for persons conducting the M.Phil Course

No teacher shall be recognised as a Supervisor unless he/she possesses a Ph.D., Degree or two years of Post-Graduate teaching experience after qualifying for M.Phil or M.Litt.
Teachers qualified for M.Phil Degree are eligible to guide the M.Phil Programme irrespective of the fact whether they have taken Methodology paper for their M.Phil examination or not.
Only the Post-Graduate departments of affiliated Colleges and Departments of the University will be recognised for conducting the M.Phil course, provided however, the Syndicate shall have the power to decide any other Institution of Higher Learning / Research within the University area for conducting the M.Phil course on merits.

M.Phil. English - Entrance Examination Syllabus & Model Paper

1. Chaucer and the Elizabethan Age

2. The 18th Century and the Romantic Age

3. The Victorian and the 20th Century

4. 20th-Century American Literature

5. Literary Criticism from Sidney to T.S. Eliot

(The candidate is expected to have a knowledge of the major texts pertaining to the above periods)

MODEL QUESTION PAPER Part A

Answer Five of the following in 200 words each 5 x 4 = 20 Marks

1. Write a short note on the University Wits.

Or

Describe any one of the characters in Chaucer's `Prologue to the Canterbury Tales'.

2. Define Shakespearean Tragedy.

Or

Comment on Bacon's style as an essayist.

3. What are the features of Metaphysical Poetry?

Or

What are the features of Dryden's Heroic Drama?

4. Trace the Romantic elements in any one of Wordsworth's poems.

Or

Comment on any one of the novels of Jane Austen as critiques of social manners.

5. Comment on Browning's optimistic philosophy.

Or

Write a short note an children in, Dickes fiction

6. Assess Georgian Poetry as the Indian Summer of Romanticism.

Or

Assess the theme of any one of Bernard Shaw's plays.

7. Write briefly on experimentation in any one of the poems of ecummings.

Or

Comment on ethnicity in 20th Century Jewish-American fiction with reference to any one novel.

8. Summarize Johnson's views on the Three Unities in Shakespeare's Plays,

Or

What are Eliot's views on impersonality in poetry?

Part B

Answer any three of the following in 800 words each 3 x 10 = 30 Marks

1. Critically estimate the allegory in Book One of The Fairie Queene.

Or

Trace the elements of the Revenge Tragedy in either Kyd's or Webster's plays.

2. How does Milton use the epic simile in Paradise Lost?

Or

What features of the Mock Epic do you find The Rape of the Lock?

3. How is the Prelude an autobiographical poem?

Or

Show how the Immanent Will operates in any one of Hardy's novels.

4. How do the embedded quotations function in The Waste Land?

Or

Distinguish the Absurd features in Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

5. Describe how Frost uses Nature in any two poems that you have read.

Or

How does Poe explain the process of poetic creation in `The Philosophy of Composition?'

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