SOAS University of London

Department of Religions and Philosophies

MA Buddhist Studies

duration:
Full time: 1 calendar year Part time: 2 or 3 calendar years. We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£7,985
Overseas fees:
£17,215

This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?:

The MA Buddhist Studies suits students with different academic backgrounds and prospective personal objectives, from those interested in broadening their knowledge of Buddhism as a whole or of specific Buddhist traditions to those intending to embark on language-based research or fieldwork among Buddhist communities.

It typically suits:

  • students planning to pursue further research in Buddhist Studies, which may involve at a subsequent stage the acquisition of a doctoral degree and a career in higher education.
  • students willing to pursue a career or professional activity, for which advanced knowledge of Buddhism as a global cultural force is essential.
  • students who wish to pursue the academic study of religions as a complement to their personal experience and commitments.
  • students from traditionally Buddhist countries, willing to broaden their knowledge of Buddhism as a global religion, and to be introduced to an academic approach that is characterised both by its critical distance and by its empathy.

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Structure

The structure of MA Buddhist Studies provides a unique study pathway, characterised both by its coherence and by its flexibility. The core course, “Critical Concepts in Buddhist Studies” (0.5 Unit), co-taught by four staff whose expertise cover most of Buddhist Asia, provides students with a broad and stimulating journey into key notions and methods in the study of Buddhism. Students will moreover have to submit a Dissertation in Buddhist Studies of 10,000 words, on a topic chosen from the course chosen as major. The remaining 2.5 Units may be chosen in the large pool of courses on Buddhist topics and languages, thus allowing each student to build up a specialized knowledge of one or more areas of Buddhist Asia. Students are allowed to take courses taught outside the department of the Study of Religions up to one unit, which may or may not include a language.

For more informations, please contact Antonello Palumbo (ap47@soas.ac.uk) or Vincent Tournier (vt6@soas.ac.uk)

Core Courses
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Critical Concepts in Buddhist Studies 15PSRH050 0.5 Unit Term 1
Dissertation in Buddhist Studies 15PSRC990 1 Unit Full Year
Units available as Major
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 1 Unit Full Year
Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 0.5 Unit Term 2
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 0.5 Unit Term 2
Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017
Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 1 Unit Full Year
The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
Other courses available within the Study of Religions Department
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 1 Unit Full Year
Pali: Intermediate Level 15PSRC053 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 0.5 Unit Term 1
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 1 Unit Full Year
Relevant language courses available in other Departments
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 1 Unit Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 1 Unit Full Year
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 1 Unit Full Year
Burmese Language 2 (Postgraduate) 15PSEC045 1 Unit Unit
Elementary Korean (PG) 15PJKC015 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 1 Unit Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 1 Unit Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 1 Unit Full Year
Korean Advanced (Masters) 15PEAC018 1 Unit Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 1 Unit Full Year
Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 1 Unit Full Year
Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 1 Unit Full Year
Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PJKC005 1 Unit Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 1 Unit Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 1 Unit Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 1 Unit Full Year
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 1 Unit Full Year
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 1 Unit Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 1 Unit Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 1 Unit Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 1 Unit Full Year
Relevant courses available in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 1 Unit Full Year
Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 0.5 Unit Term 1
Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 0.5 Unit Term 1
Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 0.5 Unit Term 1 Not Running 2016/2017
The Indian Temple 15PARC034 1 Unit Full Year
Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context 15PARH075 0.5 Unit Term 2
Relevant courses available in the Department of Music
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 0.5 Unit Term 2 Not Running 2016/2017

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Teaching and Learning

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 1 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

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Overseas
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£7,985 £17,215 £3,993 £8,608 £2,662 £5,738
Scholarships
CSJR Postgraduate Student Bursary

Application Deadline: 2016-06-01 17:00

Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-12 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-01-29 17:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

Santander Taught Master’s Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-22 17:00

The Prospect Burma - Hla Pe Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2016-02-24 17:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

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