Entrance Requirements for MBS Programme

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. Qualifying examinations and/or interviews to test the applicants' abilities may be conducted. 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.

Mode of Study

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

Classes are mainly conducted in weekday evenings and weekends.

Programme Structure

All courses are offered on a semester basis. Candidates must complete eight courses by selecting two
compulsory foundation courses plus six elective courses, and may select to offer a dissertation in lieu of
two elective courses.

The course information for 2014-15 is available below for your reference. You may also click HERE to access more course details for 2014-15.

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MBS Course Outline 2014-15

The MBS course outline, time-table and other course details for 2015-16 will be available in due course.

Duration and Study Load of MBS

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 eight courses to complete the whole programme. Therefore, full-time
students normally need to take four courses per semester and, part-time students may need to take two
courses per semester.

Each 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 2014-15 are listed below:

Prof. Chan Li Chong
Venerable Prof. K.L. Dhammajoti
Prof. Endo Toshiichi
Prof. Fung Chin Wan, Peter
Dr. Halkias Georgios T.
Venerable Dr. Guang Xing
Dr. Kerzin Barry
Dr. Kong King Leung
Prof. Lancaster Lewis R.
Venerable Sik Hin Hung
Venerable Dr. 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$72,000
Part-time (2 years): HK$36,000 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. The scholarship application form should be submitted to our Centre by March 17, 2015.

Application Procedures

Applications should be submitted online through the following link:


(When you are asked to choose your programme for application in the link above, please select Master of Buddhist Studies programme from the Faculty of Arts.)

General supporting documents for application include:

1. Official/certified copies of final transcripts and certificates of all undergraduate and postgraduate studies, including those undertaken in The University of Hong Kong (Note: Please submit the most up-to-date transcript for your current undergraduate or postgraduate studies. Documents which are not in English should be accompanied by a formally certified translation in English.)

2. (only for applicants with qualifications from institutions outside HK where the language of instruction and examination is not English)
Official score report on an English Language proficiency test, such as TOEFL# or IELTS#. 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. Only TOEFL/IELTS score recorded within the two years before the date of application is considered.

Supporting documents above 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, 2015.

Course Commencement
September 2015

Closing Date of Application (for both programme and scholarship application)
March 17, 2015

Tel: (852) 3917-2847
Email: buddhism@hku.hk


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