SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & 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 2018/19

UK/EU fees:
£9,225
Overseas fees:
£18,980

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. 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

2018 Entry requirements

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Overview

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

FROM 2017-18

Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

Select the equivalent of FIVE Modules comprising full (1.0 OR 30 credits) and half (0.5 OR 15 credits) Modules including the dissertation.

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

Students must complete 120 credits of MA taught modules in addition to the compulsory dissertation (60 credits).

Students must choose the core module (15 credits) "Critical Concepts in Buddhist Studies".

Up to 30 credits modules must be selected from List A.

Up to 15 credits modules must be selected from List A or B.

Up to 30 credits modules can be selected from List A, B, or Relevant Language Courses in other Departments.

Up to 30 credits modules can be selected from the open options History of Art and Archaeology and Music lists below.

The structure of MA Buddhist Studies provides a unique study pathway, characterised both by its coherence and by its flexibility. The core module "Critical Concepts in Buddhist Studies" is 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 module chosen as major. The remaining modules may be chosen in the large pool of modules 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 modules taught outside the department of Religions and Philosophies up to one module, which may or may not include a language.

Students may be allowed to study for the MA on a part-time basis:

The part-time MA may be taken over two years, in which case the student takes two 30 credits (or equivalent 15 credits) in the first year, and two 30 credits (or equivalent 15 credits) and the dissertation in the second year.

Alternatively, it can be taken over three years in which case the student can distribute the 120 credits evenly in each of the three years.  The dissertation can be written in year two or three, but it is strongly recommended that this be undertaken in the final year of the degree. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

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

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Critical Concepts in Buddhist Studies 15PSRH050 15 Term 1
Dissertation in Buddhist Studies 15PSRC990 60 Full Year
List A (major)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 30 Full Year
Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 15 Term 2
Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 15 Term 2
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 15 Term 1
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 15 Term 2
Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Pali: Intermediate Level 15PSRC053 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 30 Full Year
Relevant language courses available in other Departments
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 30 Full Year
Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 30 Full Year
Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 30 Full Year
Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Introduction to Classical Literary Tibetan (Masters) 15PEAC020 30 Full Year
Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Korean Advanced (Masters) 15PEAC018 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 30 Full Year
Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 30 Full Year
Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 30 Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PJKC005 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 30 Full Year
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year
Relevant courses available in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 30 Full Year
Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 15 Term 1
Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 15 Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 15 Term 1
The Indian Temple 15PARC034 30 Full Year
Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context 15PARH075 15 Term 1
Relevant courses available in the Department of Music
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 2

 

This is the structure for 2017/18 applicants

If you are a current student you can find structure information on Moodle or through your Faculty.

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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.

Fees for 2018/19 entrants. The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
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Students
Overseas
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Students
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£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
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