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 recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).

Link with a programme of up to 20 years in existence, commenced in 2002 as the first taught Master degree in Buddhist Studies in Hong Kong and the region

Be part of a well-established programme offered via the HKU Faculty of Arts, ranked to be number one in Hong Kong

Receive a quality training on fundamental understanding and in-depth analysis of Buddhism from the historical, doctrinal and interdisciplinary perspectives

Enjoy freedom to design one's own programme of study from a pool of over 20 courses with great variety of themes and topics

Learn from a competent and reputed teaching team specialized in diversified areas of Buddhist Studies

Connect with students from various nationalities and backgrounds

Join a strong network of graduates from wide range of sectors such as business, finance, government, education, non-profit organizations, etc

Individuals interested in the philosophy of life

People who would like to study Buddhism and its practice as a means for spiritual development in a comprehensive and scientific way

Those serving in the helping professions such as the teachers, psychologists, social workers and healthcare workers who want to study how Buddhist teachings add a new dimension to the science of human psyche and how they can be applied to their daily work

The basic qualification necessary for admission to the MBS programme is a Bachelor's degree from The University of Hong Kong or an equivalent qualification from comparable institutions.

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. TOEFL iBT® Home Edition and IELTS online tests are not accepted.

Applicants may be invited to a qualifying examination if needed.


Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Classes are mainly conducted on weekday evenings and weekends.

Applicants who are interested to take only particular courses in the MBS programme may consider enrolling as occasional students. Please contact our Centre for details.

Students are required to take 8 courses to complete the whole programme. Therefore, full-time students normally need to take 4 courses per semester, part-time students may need to take 2 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.

Candidates will complete 8 courses* by selecting 2 compulsory foundation courses, 5 elective courses, and 1 course for capstone experience. Courses offered cover a wide spectrum of areas which include:

1. Buddhist Traditions
Early Buddhism
Mahayana Buddhism
Indian Buddhism
Chinese Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism

2. Buddhist Texts, Thought and Culture
Reading Buddhist discourses
Buddhist meditation texts
Buddhist art

3. Applied Buddhism
Buddhist counselling
Buddhist psychology
Buddhist mediation
Buddhist liturgy and rituals
Buddhist solutions to current social problems
Buddhist ethics

4. Buddhist Languages
Pali language
Tibetan language
Sanskrit language

(*The courses offered vary each year and the list above is subject to change)

The course information for the current academic year is available HERE for your reference.

Teachers for MBS 2021-22 are listed below:

Dr. Guang Xing
Venerable Sik Hin Hung
Prof. Toshiichi Endo
Dr. Georgios T. Halkias
Dr. Pu Cheng Zhong
Dr. G.A. Somaratne
Dr. Tsui Chung Hui
Dr. Amrita Nanda
Venerable Phuntsok Wangchuk
Venerable Dr. Sik Fa Ren
Venerable Dr. Sik Hin Yan
Dr. Yuen Chan Suk Yee, Helena

For the profile of individual teacher, please click HERE

Course Fee for 2022-23:

Full-time: HK$132,000
Part-time: HK$66,000 per annum*

(*Subject to University's approval)

Scholarships are available for application. More information can be obtained HERE.

Continuing Education Fund
This programme (CEF course code: 37M130200) has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. More details are available at: http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/index.htm.

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.*

*Please note that you are not required to submit original/certified true copy of your documents to the University during the application stage. Should you be given an admission offer by the University, you will receive notification to submit original/certified true copy of your documents.

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, 2022.

Course Commencement:
September 2022

Round 1: January 21, 2022 (12 noon HKT)
Round 2: March 18, 2022 (12 noon HKT)

Applications submitted during Round 1 will be considered earlier. Applicants are therefore highly encouraged to submit application in the first round.

We have launched a new YouTube channel to share with you a series of stories from our graduates on their own life and learning journey! Do stay tuned by subscribing to our channel! Here are some of their sharing:

#Connection (Sylvia; Dog Lover)
#Diversity (Nic; Foreign Student from Oxford)
#Inclusiveness (Cynthia and Arnold; Siblings)
#Key to Knowledge (Janet; Yoga Teacher)
#Condition Arising (Hei; Composer)
#Door of Wisdom (Crystal; Mother of Three)

Please also visit the website of our Alumni Association, CBSAA, to learn more about our graduates!

Date: 16 Jan 2022
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Mode of delivery: Zoom
Video Recordings available now: Here

Tel: (852) 3917-2847
Email: buddhism@hku.hk
Address: Room 415, 4/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong


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