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.
Overview 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 2019/20 UK/EU fees -
Who should take this course
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.
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