The Doctoral degree in English is one of the strong programmes currently being run by the Department.  Ever since the programme was introduced in the year 1964, the Department has continued to insist on maintaining extreme rigor and high standards in its research scholars: from the time that scholars are admitted to the programme through the period of research to the time of completion of the project and the process of evaluation.  As a result, among those who have obtained their PhD degrees from the Department, several have gone on to make a significant mark in diverse fields at national and international level. 

Over the years, in response to global shifts, the thrust areas of doctoral research at the Department have both shifted and evolved.  Earlier the Department used to promote researches in canonical areas.  Since the archival resources for such researches were located in England and America, the prospective doctoral scholars were encouraged to go abroad to conduct their research. However, with growing archival material available online, this too has altered. In addition, the Department has also taken cognizance of newer areas such as researches across the media, post-colonial studies and Literature in English, Translation Studies and Cultural Studies with their interdisciplinary orientation, and research in these areas are being encouraged.  Consequently, we at the Department have opened our Doctoral programme to newer areas and methodologies and welcome a greater numbers of research scholars from India and abroad. 

We have also begun encouraging relatively younger scholars to get enrolled as doctoral students.  An indication of the last mentioned shift is the recent restructuring of both the M.Phil and PhD programmes. An M.Phil student can now directly enroll in our PhD programme before completing his/her M.Phil in the first semester provided he/she meets the eligibility criteria laid down (please see guidelines for M.Phil Ordinance, VI-A).

PhD Coursework

Second Semester PhD course work, 2024

Detailed Scheme of PhD Coursework

Schedule of Sessions for PhD Coursework

PhD Thesis Ordinances and Guidelines 

General Information

  1. PhD Research Methodolgy Course Outline

PhD Thesis Submission Steps

PhD -Admission-Notifications

Notice for Second Provisional List of Selected Candidates-Phase II

Notice for Provisional List of Select application-Phase II

Notice-Additional List for PhD interviews

Notification Regarding PhD interviews Schedule Phase-II

Notice-List of applicants eligible to be interviewed for PhD admissions 2023-24- Second round

Notification Regarding Number of PhD seats and seat matrix- PhD Admissions-Phase II

Notification Regarding Revised Fee for the PhD scholars 2023-24

Notice-Second list of applicants selected for provisional admission to PhD-2023-24

Notice for provisional list of selected applicants

Notice-Second Additional List of PhD applicants for admission interview on 20-09-2023

Notice for Phase I of Applicants to PhD Programme in English for the Academic Session, 2023-24

Notice-List of Applicants Eligible to be Interviewed for PhD Admissions 2023-24

Notice for PhD interviews_Phase I 2023-24

Notice for Phase I Ph.D. English Applicants for the Academic Year 2023-2024

Notification Regarding PhD Admission 2023-24

Fourth Provisional List for PhD Admissions 2022-23

Third Provisional List for PhD Admissions 2022-23

Revised Second Provisional List for PhD Admissions 2022-23

Provisional list for PhD admissions 2022-23


List of PhD Applicants Shortlisted for Interviews for the Academic Year 2022-23

Notification for PhD interviews 2022-23

Notice – Provisional List of applicants found eligible to be interviewed for PhD admissions, 2022-23

Second list for Ph.D admission Acdemic Year 2021-22

Department of English, University of Delhi-First Ph.D. Admission list(2021-22)

Interview Schedule for PhD & MPhil Admissions 2021-22

Notice for Interview list for PhD_MPhil Applicants

Notice – reopening of the Google Form Link for PhD Programme

Notice — Supplementary List of Applicants to be called for interveiw for PhD-M.Phil Programme in English 2021-22:

Notice — Supplimentaty List of Applicants to be called for interview to PhD Programme in English 2021-22:

Urgent notice – reschedule MPhil and PhD Interview

Notice – Google Link for PhD and MPhil Interviews for Thursday, 7 January, 2021

Notice – Google Link for MPhil -PhD Interviews for Wednesday, 6 January, 2021

Notice – Google Link for PhD Interviews on Tuesday, 5 January, 2021-1


Notice – PhD_MPhil admission seekers, 2020-2021

Eng Dept PhD MPhil Interview Notice 2020

Schedule of PhD-MPhil Admission Interviews, 4-9 January, 2021

PhD Admissions – Useful Links 
Syllabus for PhD Entrance

PhD Entrance Test Q Paper 2017

Notifications and Forms 

Notification regarding extension of date for submission of thesis for terminal M.PhilPh.D students

M.Phil.-Ph.D. Procedure after admission for students registered after July 05, 2016_30august_updated

M.Phil.-Ph.D. Procedure after admission for students registered between July 11, 2009 and July 04, 2016_updated

Notification reg abolition of affidavits and adoption of self-d

fellowship claim form


Application Form for Non-NET Fellowship