SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

MA Buddhist Studies (2018 entry)

Select year of entry: 2019 2018

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

Entry requirements

  • Normally an upper second class Honours degree, preferably in the field of Humanities from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard obtained after a course of study extending over not less than three years in a university (or educational institution of university rank).

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Overview

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

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

Note: The list of modules running 2018/19 is still being finalised. For a full selection on what will be on offer, please check back again in a few weeks.

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

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.

Note to part-time students: Modules not listed as running, are likely to run in the next academic year.

For more information, please contact the programme convener.

Module Code Credits Term Availability
Dissertation in Buddhist Studies 15PSRC990 60 Full Year
Taught Component
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Critical Concepts in Buddhist Studies 15PSRH050 15 Term 1
AND

module(s) to be selected from List A with a total value of 30 credits

AND

module to be selected from List A or B with a total value of 15 credits

AND

module(s) to be selected from List A, B or C with a total value of 30 credits

AND

module(s) from the Open Options to the value of 30 credits (subject to convenor approval)

List A
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 15 Term 1
Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 30 Full Year
Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 15 Term 2
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019
Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 30 Full Year
List B
Module Code Credits Term Availability
The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 15 Term 2
The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 30 Full Year
List C
Languages
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Japanese 1 A (PG) 15PJKH035 15 Term 1
Japanese 1 B (PG) 15PJKH036 15 Term 2
Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 30 Full Year
Japanese 3 (PG 15PJKC010 30 Full Year
Japanese 4 (PG) 15PJKC011 30 Full Year
Japanese 5 (PG) 15PJKC012 30 Full Year
Burmese Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH022 15 Term 1
Burmese Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH023 15 Term 2
Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 30 Full Year
Korean 1 A (PG) 15PJKH037 15 Term 1
Korean 1 B (PG) 15PJKH038 15 Term 2
Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 30 Full Year
Advanced Korean Readings (PG) 15PEAC018 30 Full Year
Tibetan (Classical) 1 A 15PCHH039 15 Term 1
Tibetan (Classical) 1 B 15PCHH040 15 Term 2
Nepali Language 1 A (PG) 15PSAH024 15 Term 1
Nepali Language 1 B (PG) 15PSAH025 15 Term 2
Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 30 Full Year
Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 30 Full Year
Sanskrit Language 1 A (PG) 15PSAH020 15 Term 1
Sanskrit Language 1 B (PG) 15PSAH021 15 Term 2
Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 30 Full Year
Chinese 1 A (PG) 15PCHH031 15 Term 1
Chinese 1 B (PG) 15PCHH032 15 Term 2
Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 30 Full Year
Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 30 Full Year
Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 30 Full Year
Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 30 Full Year
Thai Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH024 15 Term 1
Thai Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH025 15 Term 2
Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 30 Full Year
Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 30 Full Year
Vietnamese Language 1 A (PG) 15PSEH020 15 Term 1
Vietnamese Language 1 B (PG) 15PSEH021 15 Term 2
Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 30 Full Year
Relevant modules in other departments
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 15 Term 1
Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 15 Term 2
Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
The Indian Temple 15PARC034 30 Full Year Not Running 2018/2019
Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context 15PARH075 15 Term 1 Not Running 2018/2019
Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 15 Term 2 Not Running 2018/2019

 

This is the structure for applicants

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

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

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.

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.

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
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
UK/EU
Students
Overseas
Students
£9,225 £18,980 £4,613 £9,490 £3,075 £6,327
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