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.

Link with a programme of 18 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 Asia

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 shall satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required.

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.


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
Ch'an Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism

2. Buddhist Texts, Thought and Culture
Reading early 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 2019-20 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. Kong King Leung
Venerable Dr. Amrita Nanda
Venerable Phuntsok Wangchuk
Dr. Lama Barry Kerzin
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

Full-time: HK$104,000*
Part-time: HK$52,000 per annum*

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

(*Subject to University's approval.)

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, 2020.

Course Commencement:
September 2020

Round 1: January 22, 2020 (12 noon HKT)
Round 2: March 17, 2020 (12 noon HKT)

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

"The MBS programme has inspired me to strive for the Mastery of life..."
(Chan Kit Ling Elisa; Artist; Graduate of 2017)

"The program is just great. I don't think that I've ever been so intellectually stimulated before."
(Magdalena Maria Jeziorna; Graduate of 2014 from Poland)

"This programme has given me a much broader perspective about what Buddhism really is..."
(Janet Lau; Yoga Teacher; Graduate of 2013)

"MBS does not only offer me a certificate. The professors are real masters, not only lecturers..."
(Mak Kwok-ho; Teacher; Graduate of 2005)

"MBS is the most enlightening course that I have taken..."
(Josephine Ma; Solicitor & Mediator; Graduate of 2004)

"This programme has enhanced my understanding and practice of Buddhism leading me to achieve a higher level of inner peace and happiness..."
(Ben Kwong; Former Executive Director, KGI Asia Ltd.; Graduate of 2004)

More sharing of the MBS graduates is available at the following link:

Date: January 18, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Venue: Room 4.36, 4/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Register Now: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=68609

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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