SOAS, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

Start Date:

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.. 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.. Part-time 4 Years Intensive Language. 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..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,685 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,685 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,930 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,843 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,843 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,965 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to hold an upper second class Honours degree, preferably in the field of Humanities from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard obtained after a course of study extending over not less than three years in a university (or educational institution of university rank).
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need to have IELTS with 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and speaking and 6.0 in reading and listening.