Degree Type: 

Master of Philosophy


Department of English

Programme Duration: 

2 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 


About Programme: 

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Entry Requirements: 

  • MA in English or a related discipline

  • Candidate should pass an admission interview

Career Opportunities: 

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Programme Structure

Level 500

First Semester

ENG 801: Phonology
3 Credit(s)

The course begins with an introduction to the major theories of phonology, including classical phonemics, prosodic phonology and generative phonology,

and then focuses on the segmental and non-segmental features of modern English.  There will also be a practical phonetics component involving the

use of the Department’s modern language laboratory.




ENG 802: Grammar
3 Credit(s)

This course presents different approaches to the grammatical description of English, notably the ‘grammar tradition adopted by Quirk et al.,

transformational–generative grammar and functional grammar.  Topics in both morphology and syntax will be explored.

ENG 808: Genre Studies
3 Credit(s)

This course is designed to appeal to candidates who are interested in working with large amounts of language data as well as those whose work involves

writing in different modes (e.g. secretaries)., It looks at regular linguistic patterning in different domains of language use. It is intended to improve the writing

of candidates by introducing them to the meaning expressed by the different patterns.

ENG 812: Literary Stylistics
3 Credit(s)

This course will focus on four women writers whose biographies have little in common, except for gender: George Eliot, Toni Morrison, Ama Atta Aidoo, and Nadine Gordinmer.

For the most part, their writing will be studied chronologically. But attempts will also be made to analyse the texts as thematic units with overarching “feminist” concerns.

This course will raise such questions as the following: is there a distinctively feminine sensibility manifested in the creative process, in the choice of subject, in style,

in narrative point of view or, in the characterization of hero and heroine? What critical tools are appropriate for the study of women writers and images of the “feminine”?

ENG 818: Research Methods
3 Credit(s)

This course will focus on research methods and techniques of general bibliography. Students will be equipped with the resources and basic research

material in English literary studies and the skills and tools in presenting the findings of literary research. The course also explores methodological

issues such as sampling, field research, finding and formulating a research topic, writing a research proposal, annotating references,

developing conceptual and theoretical frameworks. 

ENG 840S: Academic Writing
3 Credit(s)

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ENG 848S: Advanced Research Methods
3 Credit(s)

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Second Semester

ENG 803: Semantics
3 Credit(s)

This course surveys different theories of meaning and then looks at lexical meaning, sentence meaning and utterance meaning.

ENG 804: Sociolinguistics
3 Credit(s)

This course is particularly suited to candidates who are interested in the relation between language and social interaction as well as language form and function.

It is concerned with the issues of who uses English, to whom, in what situation and how in a second language context.  The emphasis is on the Ghanaian situation.

ENG 806: Discourse Analysis
3 Credit(s)

This course focuses on the relationship between the context of situation and both written and spoken language.  Topics to be covered include the difference between spoken and written language, speech acts, faculty conditions, theme and rhyme, information structure, and participant relations.  The course should appeal to candidates with a wide range of interests including those whose work involves contact with the public (e.g. administrators, public relation officers) and those involved in teaching oral and written skills.

ENG 829S: Seminar in English Studies
3 Credit(s)

In this course, students would be required to read, analyze, discuss, and evaluate in depth an area of English Studies which interests them and which is otherwise not explored in

any of the courses available. Areas may include Stylistics, Teaching of English Language, Language Acquisition, etc. Students will be required to seminar presentations in class