MA Traditions of Yoga and Meditation

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Who is this programme for?

The thematic components and cross-regional perspectives typically suit students with the following interests and/or aspirations:

  • Experienced practitioners of yoga and meditation who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural contexts that shaped their traditions.
  • Students with a background in psychology seeking to gain knowledge of meditation and mindfulness for their clinical work.
  • Students planning to pursue further research which may involve, at a subsequent stage, the acquisition of a doctoral degree and a career in higher education.
  • Students seeking to pursue a career or professional activity for which advanced knowledge of the yoga and meditation traditions of Asia is required.
  • Students who wish to pursue the academic study of these traditions as a complement to their personal experience.

This degree explores the origins and historical development of yoga and meditation in India and Tibet, from ancient times to the modern world. It would suit yoga/meditation teachers, practitioners, students of religion as well as those with a background in psychology interested in mindfulness therapy.


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

  • The five modules required of this degree are listed below.
  • They are a combination of 0.5 unit (15 credits) and 1 unit (30 credits) taught modules and a dissertation (60 credits).
  • Up to 30 credits may be selected as a language module (most are taught in the (Faculty of Languages and Cultures)
  • Up to 30 credits may be selected from these PG Religions and Philosophies Open Options

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 is undertaken in the final year of the programme. It must be submitted in September of the year in which the student registers for it.

  • Buddhist Meditation in India and Tibet 15PSRC172 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in the traditions of Yoga and Meditation 15PSRC989 (60 credits) Full Year
  • The Origins and Development of Yoga in Ancient India 15PSRC173 (30 credits) Full Year
  • The Religions of Ancient India 15PSRH054 (15credits) Term 1
  • Yoga and Meditation: Perspectives, Context and Methodologies 15PSRH046 (15credits) Term 1
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Last updated January 23, 2019
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9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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