MA Buddhist Studies

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. It is also an excellent course for those wishing to study Buddhism in its own right.

This part-time distance learning course provides you with a step-by-step approach that gently leads students through an overview of the world of Buddhism. Learning resources and contact with tutors and fellow students is provided through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. This enables you, wherever you are in the world, to be part of an internet-based group to study, explore and discuss Buddhism using high quality, stimulating and academically rigorous materials. This means that study and participation can be fitted flexibly around other commitments.

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years February Online 8
Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years February Online 8

Modules include:

  • Buddhist Traditions (compulsory)
    Learn about key Buddhist concepts and practices as well as the misconceptions of Buddhism. Also, gain an insight into the history of the development of Buddhism and its main sub-traditions.

  • Buddhist Meditation and Psychology
    Develop your knowledge of Buddhist meditation traditions in both theory and practice across a number of different cultures. Also, consider Western psychological perspectives on Buddhist meditation.

  • Buddhist Ethics
    Gain an understanding of Buddhist Ethics in both theory and practice across a number of different cultures.

  • Buddhist Philosophy
    Learn about Buddhist philosophical traditions across a number of different cultures.

  • Pali Language (numbers permitting)
    Develop a solid grounding in Pali language, forming the foundation for further self-study.

  • Dissertation (for students progressing to the MA)
    A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

Teaching

The MA Buddhist Studies course is delivered entirely by distance learning. The learning resources and contact with tutors and fellow students are provided on the internet through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

  • Certificate: One Year
  • Diploma: Two years
  • Masters: Three years

Those with a therapy background may be interested in exiting with a Postgraduate Certificate in Buddhist Studies by pursuing only the Buddhist Traditions and Buddhist Meditation and Psychology modules. To achieve the Postgraduate Diploma you need to complete four modules over two years. If you then wish to progress to the full Masters you must complete a dissertation which will take an additional year.

Assessment

Assessment is mostly through coursework, submitted online. There are non-invigilated timed examinations for the Pali Language module.

Lecturers

Dr Nick Swann, course leader

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

  • A good Honours degree at class 2:1 or above.
  • Skype interview required.
  • The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

However, because students may come from diverse backgrounds, alternative evidence of aptitude for academic study may be taken into consideration. Please contact [email protected] if you need clarification.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

    Home / EU / International Fee: £1000 per 20 credits

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other : Text books, per taught module * £120 - £160
Note that this is the average for each taught module. Access to text books is obligatory for each taught module, but that these may be available in local academic libraries and many can be found second hand.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment)
We don’t require students to purchase kit.
Placement expenses:
Students are encouraged to undertake a period of work placement. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.
Other : Textbooks £105.43

The MA Buddhist Studies course will provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge related to Buddhism, and also forms an excellent basis for those wishing to pursue further academic study in the field.

Graduates can also progress to a PhD or research degree.