The basic qualification necessary for admission to the MBS programme is a Bachelor's degree with honours from The University of Hong Kong or an equivalent qualification from comparable institutions.
Applicants with qualifications other than an honours degree may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to register if they demonstrate adequate preparation for studies at a Master's degree level and satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination.
Applicants from different disciplines are welcome.
Applicants who wish to be admitted to the programme on the basis of a qualification from a university or a comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to obtain:
1. A score of 550 or above (paper-based test) or 80 or above (internet-based test) in the Test of English as a Foreign Language *(TOEFL). Applicants who take the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send an official score report to the University (Institution code: 9671) directly. Original/certified copy of the Examinee’s score record will not be accepted; OR
2. A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Note: The TOEFL or IELTS result should be obtained within the two years before the date of application.
Who to Apply
The programme is intended for individuals who are interested in the philosophy of life and want to study Buddhism and its practice as a means for spiritual development in a comprehensive and scientific way. It is also for teachers, psychologists, social workers and counsellors who want to study how Buddhist teachings add a new dimension to the science of human psyche and how they are applied to their daily work.
Medium of Instruction
Full-time (1 year)
Part-time (2 years)
Classes are mainly conducted in weekday evenings and weekends.
Candidates must complete nine courses by selecting two compulsory foundation courses, six elective courses, and one course for capstone experience.
- Early Buddhism: a doctrinal exposition
- Mahayana Buddhism
History, Doctrines and Art:
- History of Chinese Buddhism
- Tibetan Buddhism: history and doctrines
- Japanese Buddhism: history & doctrine
- History of Indian Buddhism: a general survey
- Chinese Buddhist art from the Silk Road
- Dunhuang Buddhist art and culture
Canonical Languages and Literature:
- Basic Pali
- Readings in Buddhist Sanskrit texts (Elementary)
- Readings in Buddhist Tibetan texts (Elementary)
- Study of important Buddhist meditation texts
- Counselling and pastoral practice
- Buddhist mediation
- Buddhist psychology I
- Buddhist psychology II
- Buddhism and contemporary society
- Buddhism, medicine and science
Courses for Capstone Experience
- Capstone Experience: Dissertation
- Capstone Experience: An additional elective course and a portfolio
(The course list above is subject to confirmation)
The MBS course outline, time-table and other course details for 2017-18 will be available in due course.
The course information for the current academic year is available below for your reference. You may also click
HERE to access more course details this year.
Regulations & Syllabuses 2016-17
MBS Course Outline 2016-17
and Study Load
The MBS programme is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. It normally extends over one academic year of full-time study or two academic years of part-time study. Classes will mainly be scheduled in evening and weekend sessions.
Students are required to take nine courses to complete the whole programme. Therefore, full-time students normally need to take four to five courses per semester, part-time students may need to take two to three courses per semester.
Each foundation/elective course usually consists of three consecutive teaching hours per
week. The number of teaching weeks in each semester varies, but normally there should be around 10-13
teaching weeks per semester.
Teachers for MBS 2016-17 are listed below:
Venerable Sik Hin Hung
Prof. Toshiichi Endo
Dr. Guang Xing
Dr. Georgios T. Halkias
Dr. G.A. Somaratne
Dr. Tsui Chung Hui
Venerable Sik Hin Yan
Prof. Fung Chin Wan, Peter
Prof. Lewis R. Lancaster
Dr. Barry Kerzin
Dr. Kong King Leung
Dr. Yuen Chan Suk Yee, Helena
the profile of individual teacher, please click HERE
Full-time (1 year): HK$78,000
Part-time (2 years): HK$39,000 per annum
(The fee above is subject to the University's approval)
If you are interested to apply for scholarship, please click HERE for more details.
Closing date for scholarship application: March 15, 2017 (12 noon HKT).
Applications should be submitted online through the following link:
(When you choose your programme for application in the link above, please select Master of Buddhist Studies programme from the Faculty of Arts.)
Please click HERE to download the checklist of supporting documents needed for application.
Supporting documents should be submitted to:
Centre of Buddhist Studies
Room 415, 4/F, The Jockey Club Tower
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
(Attn: Miss Carol Li)
The Faculty of Arts will inform applicants of their application result in writing. Please contact our Centre if you do not receive your application result by June 30, 2017.
Closing Date of Application
Round 1: February 3, 2017 (12 noon HKT)
Round 2: March 15, 2017 (12 noon HKT)
Applications submitted during Round 1 will be considered earlier. Applicants are therefore highly encouraged to submit application in the first round.