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

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.

  • Critical Concepts in Buddhist Studies 15PSRH050 (15credits) Term 1
  • Dissertation in Buddhist Studies 15PSRC990 (60 credits) Full Year

List A (major)

  • Buddhism in Tibet 15PSRH008 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 (30credits) Full Year
  • Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 (15credits) Term 2
  • Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 (15credits) Term 2
  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15credits) Term 2
  • Features of Buddhist Monasticism 15PSRH014 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • History and Doctrines of Indian Buddhism 15PSRC059 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1) 15PARH078 (15credits) Term 1
  • Imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2) 15PSRH051 (15credits) Term 2
  • Oriental religions in European academia and imagination, 1815-1945 15PSRC168 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Buddhist Conquest of Central Asia 15PSRH009 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

List B

  • Basic Pali (PG) 15PSRC176 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Jainism: History, Doctrine and the Contemporary World 15PSRC024 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Pali: Intermediate Level 15PSRC053 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Great Tradition of Taoism 15PSRH036 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 (30credits) Full Year

Relevant language courses available in other Departments

  • Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 (30credits) Full Year
  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30credits) Full Year
  • Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 (30credits) Full Year
  • Korean Advanced (Masters) 15PEAC018 (30credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 (30credits) Full Year
  • Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PJKC005 (30credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 (30credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 (30credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 (30credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 (30credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 (30credits) Full Year

Relevant courses available in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology

  • Art and Archaeology of the Silk Road 15PARC032 (30credits) Full Year
  • Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 (15credits) Term 1
  • Critical Themes in Tibetan Art 15PARH074 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 (15credits) Term 1
  • The Indian Temple 15PARC034 (30credits) Full Year
  • Tibetan Buddhist Monuments in Context 15PARH075 (15credits) Term 1

Relevant courses available in the Department of Music

  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 (15credits) Term 2
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 23, 2017
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