MA Buddhist Studies

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Buddhist Studies

SOAS University of London

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.

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.

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.

Core Courses

  • Critical Concepts in Buddhist Studies - 15PSRH050 (0.5 Unit) - Term 1
  • Dissertation in Buddhist Studies - 15PSRC990 (1 Unit) - Full Year

Units available as Major

  • 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 the Pre-modern Period - (0.5 Unit)
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia - 15PMUH017 (0.5 Unit) - Term 2 - Not Running 2016/2017

A Student's Perspective

"From Indian Buddhism to Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, the diversity of the courses perfectly fitted my interests in Buddhism. "

Qingniao Li

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