MS English (Linguistics & Literature)


The MS in English Linguistics and Literature (ELL) is a two year (four semester) course designed to provide a thorough understanding of theoretical as well as practical applications of various modern and contemporary developments in the fields of Linguistics and Literature. The program will help the students to explore the interdisciplinary aspects of language, linguistics and literature and how these three dimensions interrelate and exist as integral parts of the whole, and yet have an independent existence as well.

Eligibility criteria

  • Sixteen years of education with specialization in English from an accredited educational institution
  • NTS (GAT General test) with 50% marks
  • No third division or D grade throughout the academic career


The program aims to equip students with an understanding of key issues, and research findings in literature and linguistics related to the position of English as the lingua franca, and with the skills to make a substantial professional contribution to the field. It provides a professional qualification and specialized training in the discipline and prepares for a doctoral level research and study.

Programme structure

Category Number of Courses Credit Hours
Core Courses 04 12
Elective Courses 04 12
Thesis - 06
Total 08 30

Faculty Profile

Currently there are 19 full time faculty members teaching English in HumanitiesDepartment:

  • Five faculty members hold a Ph.D. degree
  • Fourteen faculty members hold an M.Phil. degree (Literature, Linguistics and English Language Teaching)

Career prospects / opportunities

The programme develops students’ skills to work as teachers, academic supervisors/researchers, translators, editors and interpreters since linguists are in high demand in the intercultural world. The students of Literature may join the careers as poets, authors, playwrights, (public) motivational speakers, critics, editors and translators.

Teaching Methodology

Methods of teaching include, but are not limited to:

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Class discussions
  • Group studies
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Conference participation
  • Presentations

This methodological combination enables students to develop the following transferable intellectual skills by integrating them in the curriculum of different offered courses:

  • Conceptual skills
  • Human skills
  • Technical skills (subject related know-how)
  • Analytical skills
  • Reading/Writing Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Listening skills
  • Research Skills


Typically, students are assessed on the following criteria:

Items Percentage
Homework/Assignments/Quizzes 25
Midterm 25
Final Exam 50

Curriculum Development

Suggestions/proposals are collected from faculty and academic area in-charges. These suggestions/proposals are discussed in the Departmental Academic Review Committee (DARC). If accepted by the DARC, these recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Studies (BoS) for further consideration. Accepted proposals are then forwarded to the Board of Faculty (BoF). If approved by the BoF, recommendations are then finally get approved by the Academic Council to be included as part of the curriculum.

Quality Assurance

Quality of education under this programme is monitored at the departmental and institutional level. At the departmental level:

  • Academic Area heads are appointed to monitor content and quality of the courses
  • Fortnightly Review Report (FRR) is generated to ensure coverage and monitor delivery of lectures
  • Fortnightly Review Report (FRR) is discussed in detail in Departmental Academic Review Committee (DARC) meetings.
  • Academic area heads provide feedback to the faculty members who incorporate and adjust the contents accordingly.

For more information, please email Asif Ikram at