The Master of Buddhist Counselling programme offers quality training on Buddhist teaching-based counselling knowledge and skills by means of interdisciplinary learning and contemplative practice. Buddhist counselling students are held to high standards of knowledge of Buddhist teachings, counselling skills, ethics, self-introspection, and awareness. In particular, a significant portion of courses will focus on guiding students to apply Buddhist teachings in counselling. Using this training model, students will participate in group discussions, conduct role playing of counselling sessions, develop mindfulness practices, apply Buddhist counselling techniques in daily lives, and become involved in other experiential activities.

Entrance Requirements
The basic qualification necessary for admission to the programme includes:

(a) Holding a Bachelors degree with honours from this University or an equivalent qualification from comparable institutions.

(b) Satisfactorily completed BSTC6079 Early Buddhism: a doctrinal exposition and BSTC6002 Mahayana Buddhism in the HKU Master of Buddhist Studies programme, or courses of Buddhist Studies offered by another comparable institution accepted for this purpose.

(c) English is the medium of instruction. Students must be proficient in spoken and written English to be considered for enrolment.

Applicants who do not fulfil (a) and (b) above may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to register if they satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination.

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 Examinees 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 with basic knowledge in Buddhist Studies who would like to study how Buddhist counselling adds a new dimension to their daily work. The curriculum is designed to support a wide range of career paths, including healthcare professionals, helping professionals, educational professionals, officers from disciplinary forces, and any other persons who are interested in the study of Buddhist counselling for personal enhancement.

Medium of Instruction

Mode of Study
Only 2-year part-time study mode will be offered for the intake in 2018.
1-year full-time mode will be offered starting from the second intake in 2019.
Classes are mainly conducted on weekday evenings and weekends.

Programme Structure
Candidates must complete eight courses including three core courses, four elective courses, and one course for capstone experience.

1. Core Courses

  • Theories and practice in Buddhist counselling I
  • Theories and practice in Buddhist counselling II
  • Spiritual formation through contemplative practices

2. Elective courses

  • Dharma therapy
  • Awareness training program
  • Being with the elderly, sick, and dying
  • Buddhist homiletics: the art of presenting Buddhist teachings
  • Chinese, Theravada, Tibetan and Western Buddhist liturgy and rituals
  • Buddhist Mediation
  • Special topics in Buddhist counselling (1)
  • Special topics in Buddhist counselling (2)

(The above elective course list is subject to change.)

3. Course for Capstone Experience
The capstone experience project is compulsory and can be conducted in the following forms:
(a) Contemplative learning in Buddhism;
(b) Autobiography paper guided by Buddhist teachings;
(c) Buddhist homiletics; or
(d) Buddhist counselling case study.

Students from the MBC programme will be provided with options to select elective courses from the Master of Social Sciences (Counselling) programme. Teachers from the Master of Social Sciences (Counselling) programme may also serve as the co-supervisor in the Capstone Experience if the area of study is relevant. The selection of cross-listed courses and co-supervision of Capstone Experience should be subject to the approval of the Programme Director/Chairman of the two respective programmes.

The basic course information for the academic year 2018-19 is available below for your reference:

Regulations & Syllabuses

Course Learning Outcomes and Assessment Methods

Credit Unit Statement

The MBC course outline, time-table and other course details for 2018-19 will be available in due course.

Duration and Study Load

Students are required to take eight courses to complete the whole programme. Therefore, part-time students take two courses each semester on average.
Each core/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.

Course Fees
Part-time (2 years): HK$47,500 per annum

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 Counselling 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 409, 4/F, The Jockey Club Tower
Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
(Attn: Ms. Josephine Lai)

The Faculty of Arts will inform applicants of their application result in writing.

Closing Date of Application
May 31, 2018 (12 noon)

Course Commencement
September 2018

Tel: 3917-5075
Programme Office: Room 409, 4/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong



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