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Masters degrees in Buddhism involve advanced study of the Buddhist religious tradition, exploring its theory and practice in a variety of historical, socio-cultural and theological contexts. Some Masters in Buddhist Studies also give you the opportunity to learn a language that is central to Buddhism, such as Pali.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Religions of Asia & Africa, Theology & Religious Studies and (South) East Asian Studies.
Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest religious tradition, with history stretching back as far as the 5th century BCE. It’s also the fourth most followed religion, counting 520 million people among its followers. As such, Buddhist Studies is a rich and diverse area of scholarly attention, encompassing vastly different historical periods, regions and practices.
For example, you might study regional variations of Buddhism in places like Tibet, Japan, India and China. Or, you could focus on sacred Buddhist texts, perhaps studying them in their original language.
You’ll gain advanced knowledge of Buddhism during one of these courses, which will prove useful if you want to work in a Buddhist community. Your skills will also be applicable in sectors as varied as academia, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charity and education.
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The University of South Wales’s MA Buddhist Studies course is ideal for teachers wishing to enhance their subject knowledge, and also for those working in Buddhist organisations who wish to gain a recognised qualification.
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.
The MA Religions of Asia and Africa is in the first place a rewarding cultural and human experience. It is designed both as an end qualification in itself and as a platform preparing students for more advanced graduate work.
Supervision in Theology can be offered in areas such as Biblical studies; Patristics; Church History; History and Interpretation of Christian doctrine; Systematics/Constructive Theology; Modern Theology and Philosophy, Theology and Sexuality; Theology and Theatre/Performance Studies, Political Theology and Black Theology.
Our degree programmes cover the histories, systems of belief and thought in Africa, Asia and the Near and Middle East. Approaching our subject from the perspective of Asia and Africa, we explore in depth the dynamic histories and religions of these regions from a non-western-centric framework.