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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. Read more
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. Read more
The Master of Arts (Coursework) programme is designed to give students the skills sought-after by employers around the globe, with a balance of specific subject knowledge plus broad-based transferable skills – such as oral and written communication, and analytical skills. Read more
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. Read more
Tailor your own course based on your interests, specialising in particular areas of the study of religion, such as Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology and Politics) and others. Read more
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. Read more
What role does religion and spirituality play in our experience of health and well-being? How does the biomedical focus of current healthcare practice affect us? This interdisciplinary degree programme will examine what it means to be ill or healthy in diverse, individualised and highly technological societies, from psychological, cultural, ethical, and political perspectives. Read more