SOAS, University of London

SOAS, University of London

Buddhist Studies

This programme 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; the structure of the programme provides a unique study pathway, characterised both by its coherence and by its flexibility; the core course, critical concepts in Buddhist studies, co-taught by 4 staff whose expertise cover most of Buddhist Asia, provides students with a broad and stimulating introduction to key notions and methods in the study of Buddhism; the remaining 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.

Entry requirements

Minimum Upper 2nd Class Honours (or equivalent) preferably in a related discipline.

Course modules

Core courses: critical concepts in Buddhist studies; dissertation in Buddhist studies. Units available as major; Buddhism in Tibet; Buddhist meditation in India and Tibet; Chinese religious texts: a reading seminar; Chinese Buddhism in the pre-modern period; East Asian Buddhist thought; East Asian traditions of meditation: from Taoism to Zen; imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (1); imag(in)ing Buddhahood in South Asia (2); religious practice in Japan: texts, rituals and believers; the buddhist conquest of Central Asia.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
School of Oriental and African Studies Camden WC1H 0XG South East

Key information

Student Recruitment Office
Telephone number: 
020 7898 4700