Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies 2023

Awarded by University of Kelaniya
Conducted by Buddhist Library Graduate School

○ Overview
○ Faculty
(NEW) Course Structure including Topics and detailed syllabus
○ Schedule
○ Course Fees
○ Eligibility
○ Application Process and Form
○ Further Enquiries


The Postgraduate Diploma Course in Fundamental Buddhist Studies is an external programme with the University of Kelaniya Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Sri Lanka. It is conducted by the Buddhist Library Graduate School in Singapore.

This is a one-year programme targeted at graduate students with little or no academic background in Buddhist studies. Buddhism is approached as an academic discipline suitable for Buddhists and non-Buddhists.

The programme will enable candidates to pursue further graduate courses leading to MA and PhD in Buddhist Studies.


Venerable Dr. Wiloye Wimalajothi
Resident Monk of Buddhist Library
Ph. D., MA, BA (Special); Former Assistant Lecturer of Department of Pali & Buddhist Studies,
University of Peradeniya

Venerable Dr. Akiriye Somananda
Resident Monk of Buddhist Library
PhD, MA, BA (Special)
University of Peradeniya

Course Structure including Topics

The course is of the duration of one academic year. The course consists of 5 units:

  • PDBS01 The Indian Religious Background and the Emergence of Buddhism
  • PDBS02 Basic Doctrines of Early Buddhism
  • PDBS03 Buddhist Social Philosophy
  • PDBS04 Buddhist Culture: An Outline Study
  • PDBS05 Dissertation
  • PDBS06 Buddhist Fundamentals of Buddhist Ethics

All candidates must complete all five units (PDBS01, 02, 03, 04, 06) and submit a dissertation of 3000 words (approx.) within an academic year before sitting for the examination.

All candidates are required to attend at least 75% of all Lectures and Tutorials in order to qualify for the Exams leading to the Postgraduate Diploma in Fundamental Buddhist Studies.

A detailed syllabus can be obtained here. It explains the content to be covered for the six modules and detailed information such as expected assignments and recommended reference readings.


Registration Closing Date 1 Mar 2023 (Wed)
Commencement Date 4 Mar 2022 (Sat)
Duration 1 year
Academic Year 4 Mar 2023 to 14 Oct 2023
Weekly Classes Every Tue 7.30pm − 9.30pm
Every Thur 7.30pm – 9.30pm
(Term 2 only) Every Sat 2.00pm – 4.00pm

All classes may be taught by Skype, which is the modality we have used in recent runs

Examination Examination dates are slated for Dec 2023, but they are ultimately determined by the Postgraduate Institute, Sri Lanka. There will be one exam per module and they typically take place in the afternoons on alternate days. For example:
Wed 13 Dec 3-6PM
Fri 15 Dec 3-6PM
Sun 17 Dec 2-5PM
Tue 19 Dec 3-6PM
Thu 21 Dec 3-6PM
Term 1: 4 Mar 2023 to 6 Jun 2023 (15 weeks)
Module Day Time
PDBS 02 Tue 7.30pm – 9.30pm
PDBS 03 Thur 7.30pm – 9.30pm
PDBS 01 Sat 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Academic Break 7 Jun 2023 – 7 Jul 2023 (4 weeks)
Term 2: 8 Jul 2023 – 14 Oct 2023 (15 weeks)
Module Day Time
PDBS 06 Tue 7.30pm – 9.30pm
PDBS 04 Sat 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Course Fees

Registration Fee: $100
Tuition Fee: $1,600

  • Fees above are quoted in Singapore Dollars.
  • The Registration Fee is non-refundable.
  • Tuition Fees may be refunded only if the candidate’s application is not approved by the Postgraduate Institute.
  • Payment is to be made by Bank Transfer/PayNow/cash/NETS/cheque.
    • You can PayNow/PayLah to UEN S81SS0026HBRS (Buddhist Research Society Working Fund).
    • Internet transfer would be to DBS 0010193783 (Buddhist Research Society).
    • Cheque is made payable to “Buddhist Research Society”.

Please send your completed application form to

Eligibility for Admission

  • Graduate students with a degree in any subject from a recognised university.
  • Subject to approval from the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies of the University of Kelaniya.
  • You may be required to bring your original certificate of your University Degree to the library for our inspection.

Application Process and Form

To apply, please fill up the application form here and send it along with $100 payment to

Further Enquiries

Please contact us.


Download brochure here. (Information is exactly the same as this website)