The Master of Buddhist Studies programme offers quality teaching on the fundamental understanding and in-depth analysis of Buddhism from the textual, doctrinal and historical perspectives. It further aims to elucidate on the application of Buddhist teachings in modern societies, and provides background knowledge for a critical review of Buddhism in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the region.

It is a coursework programme offered by the Centre of Buddhist Studies of The University of Hong Kong. The degree is awarded through the Faculty of Arts.

Entrance Requirements

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


Mode of Study

Full-time (1 year)
Part-time (2 years)

Classes are mainly conducted in weekday evenings and weekends.

Programme Structure

Candidates must complete nine courses by selecting two compulsory foundation courses, six elective courses, and one course for capstone experience.

Foundation courses

- Early Buddhism: a doctrinal exposition
- Mahayana Buddhism

Elective courses

History, Doctrines and Art:

- History of Chinese Buddhism
- Tibetan Buddhism: history and doctrines
- Japanese Buddhism: history & doctrine
- History of Indian Buddhism: a general survey
- Comparative Study of Northern and Southern Abhidharma Traditions
- Research methodology in Buddhist Studies
- Chinese Buddhist art from the Silk Road
- Dunhuang Buddhist art and culture

Canonical Languages and Literature:

- Basic Pali
- Readings in Buddhist Tibetan texts (Elementary)
- Study of important Buddhist meditation texts

Interdisciplinary Studies:

- Mindfulness, stress reduction and well-being
- Counselling and pastoral practice
- Buddhist mediation
- Buddhist psychology I
- Buddhist psychology II
- Buddhism and Society
- Buddhism, medicine and science
- Architecture and Buddhist spirituality: a historical perspective

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 2016-17 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.

MBS Regulations & Syllabuses 2015-16
MBS Course Outline 2015-16

Duration 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.

Teaching Staff

Teachers for MBS 2015-16 are listed below:

Venerable Dhammadipa
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Prof. Toshiichi Endo
Prof. Fung Chin Wan, Peter
Venerable Dr. Guang Xing
Dr. Georgios T. Halkias
Dr. Barry Kerzin
Dr. Kong King Leung
Prof. Lewis R. Lancaster
Dr. Peta L. McAuley
Venerable Sik Hin Hung
Venerable Sik Hin Yan
Dr. G.A. Somaratne
Dr. Tsui Chung Hui
Dr. Wong Wah Sang
Dr. Yuen Chan Suk Yee, Helena

For the profile of individual teacher, please click HERE

Course Fee

Full-time (1 year): HK$75,000
Part-time (2 years): HK$37,500 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. The scholarship application form should be submitted to our Centre by March 15, 2016.

Application Procedures

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.)

Applications will be considered continuously during the application period.

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
Centennial Campus
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, 2016.

Course Commencement
September 2016

Closing Date of Application (for both programme and scholarship application)
March 15, 2016

Tel: (852) 3917-2847


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