Established in 2054 B.S. in affiliation with T.U., Universal College is an innovative and pragmatic learning and research centre for those who are committed to their personal and professional growth. The college has been running MA in English program for last 10 years under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Shreedhar Prasad Lohani. Since English is the major international language of every discipline, its value is increasing day by day. English majors are regarded as superior thinkers and team players all over the world, who tend to achieve well-paying careers and kudos. UC is, therefore, committed to producing well-rounded scholars with advanced critical- thinking and problem-solving skills and values like courage, fidelity, self-discipline, perseverance, selflessness, hospitality, self-reliance and so on. We try to empower our students to explore unseen opportunities in the corporate world.

Part of the uniqueness of our college is the fact that we combine an excellent record of quality provision in our teaching with a constant effort to maintain a personal relationship with each individual student. When you join us as a student we will spend a great deal of time and effort in making you feel welcome and offering any support you might need. We always help you learn how to learn.

Course Cycle

The following is the list of courses offered during the entire MA program, spread over 4 semesters.

First Semester

  • ENGL 551 Introduction to Literature and Literary Analysis
  • ENGL 552 Academic Writing (I)
  • ENGL 553 Literary Criticism
  • ENGL 554 Ideas and Themes in Poetry
  • ENGL 555 Themes and Trends in Fiction


Second Semester

  • ENGL 556 History of British and American Literature
  • ENGL 557 Critical Stylistics
  • ENGL 558 Modern and Contemporary Literary Theory

(Any two courses)

  • ENGL 559 Postcolonial Studies
  • ENGL 560 Travel Writing
  • ENGL 561 Non-fiction (from the Margin)
  • ENGL 562 Literature of War, Conflict and Trauma
  • ENGL 563 Media Studies
  • ENGL 564 Environmental Literature and Criticism
  • ENGL 565 Children‘s Literature

Third Semester

  • ENGL 566 British and American Drama
  • ENGL 567 Ideas and Themes in Contemporary Poetry
  • ENGL 568 Academic Writing (II)

(Any two courses)

  • ENGL 569 Nepal Studies
  • ENGL 570 South Asian Studies
  • ENGL 571 19th century studies
  • ENGL 572 Modernist Studies
  • ENGL 573 Gender and Masculinity Studies
  • ENGL 574 Life Writing and Autobiography
  • ENGL 575 Literature and History
  • ENGL 576 Translation Studies

Fourth Semester

  • ENGL 577 Experimental Fiction
  • ENGL 578 Cultural Studies
  • ENGL 579 Language and Communication

Any two courses)

  • ENGL 580 Postmodernist Studies
  • ENGL 581 Performance and Theatre Studies
  • ENGL 582 Single Author
  • ENGL 583 Economics and Literature
  • ENGL 584 Interpersonal Communications
  • ENGL 585 English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • ENGL 586 Thesis Writing

Our faculty, comprised of established professors and teachers who combine academic knowledge with professional experience, is the key to maintaining quality and most probably guaranteeing your success. Of equal importance is the fact that our quality program is accompanied by sound advice, support and guidance. We aim at equipping our students with highly-regarded qualifications, skills and experience, which will fulfill your career aspirations and enrich your future lives. We always believe in inspiration, not enforcement. Our students-centered teaching-learning activities, we believe, shall invigorate young minds and help them reach the gold standards of performance.

The M.A. English courses offer students insight into literature, language, culture, and history. Besides studying required core courses that reflect the nature of the discipline, students will have the flexibility of selecting courses from different areas such as language, literature, rhetoric and humanities. While retaining the fundamental philosophy of humanities education – cultivation of humanistic values and critical thinking – this syllabus aims at developing students’ creative, critical, and communicative skills that they need in their academic and professional lives. Focus on writing, intensive study of literary genres, emphasis on interpretive and cultural theories, and the incorporation of interdisciplinary and comparative study are some of the underlying features of the courses. The syllabus requires a participatory and inquiry-based pedagogy for effective teaching-learning activities. The courses seek to:

  • apply traditional and modern literary theories while reading and teaching literary texts.
  • train students to use English for effective communication.
  • help students produce and sharpen creative and critical writing and thinking.
  • cater to students’ need of gaining knowledge.
  • develop linkage between the B. A. English syllabus and the M. Phil. syllabus.
  • provide flexibility to the teachers in developing courses of their interests.
  • develop courses that emphasize close reading and relationship among form, content and context.
  • ensure application of critical theories in the interpretation of texts.
  • adopt interdisciplinary methods and approaches.
  • enable students to comprehend and respond to issues and problems.

The syllabus reflects the current trends in English Studies that have radically expanded the scope of the discipline. Taking into account the curriculum models adopted in many universities across the world, it recognizes and draws upon multiple traditions, communities, and literatures. The syllabus, therefore, comprises of a productive mix of canonical and non-canonical texts, traditionally-recognized literary and semi-literary genres, and expressive artifacts from multiple cultural traditions. The goal is to enable students to read, interpret and critique texts in a wide range of modes, genres and media. The syllabus, hence, envisions the following general objectives:

  • to realign the canons and methods,
  • to stress interrelationship among literary criticism, theory and cultural studies,
  • to foster critical and creative thinking,
  • to promote research in the humanities,
  • to give exposure to a wide range of global literary texts, and
  • to introduce area studies

Eligibility for Admission
Students holding a Bachelor’s Degree from any university recognized by Tribhuvan University shall be considered eligible to apply for admission to M.A. English program. An applicant seeking admission must take Entrance Examination as required by the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Admissions will be based strictly on merit.

Plagiarism refers to the appropriation of another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of that work as one’s own offered for credit. Appropriation includes quoting or paraphrasing of another’s work without giving credit thereof. In case of plagiarism, students will be penalized. Depending on the severity of the case, punishment may range from failing the assignment to expulsion from the program.

Research and Thesis
In the final year/ semester, students will have an opportunity to opt for a thesis, worth 3 credits/50 marks. In order to meet the thesis requirement, students will have to submit a review of literature relevant to the research topic and a well-researched paper that engages with the existing scholarship and presents a persuasive argument on issues related to language, literature, culture, and/ or theory. Candidates also will have to go through an oral examination (viva voce) and defend their positions.

Evaluation Scheme and Examinations
Course outcomes will be evaluated through a continuous internal evaluation system (writing classes with feedback, regular seminars, work-shops, paper writings and presentations, group discussions, guest lectures, Magazine/Journal publications and Educational tour/outing etc) and end-of-semester/final examinations.

Our Result

The standard of UC is reflected by its outstanding results, which make us happy, and inspire to do much better in the days to come.

1. Mr. Jeevan Thapaliya 70.8 % Nepal Top among private colleges.
2. Mr. Upendra Ghimire: 72.8 % Universal College Topper
3. Mr. Bhandev Kapadi: 71.4 % Universal College Topper


Class Timing: Morning shift between 06:00 – 09:40 hrs.

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