Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies 2018

Awarded by University of Kelaniya
Conducted by Buddhist Library Graduate School

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Closing Date 28 Feb 2018 (Wed)
Commencement Date 1 Mar 2018 (Thu)
Duration 1 year
Academic Year 28 Feb to 4 Nov 2018
Weekly Classes Every Thu 7.30pm − 9.30pm
Every Fri 7.30pm − 9.30pm
Every Sat 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Examination Please block Dec 2018 for examination
Term 1 28 Feb – 26 May 2018 (12 weeks)
Module Day Time
ME23 Thu 7.30pm – 9.30pm
PALI Fri 7.30pm – 9.30pm
ME27 Sat 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Academic Break 27 May – 18 Jul 2018(7 weeks)
Term 2 19 Jul – 3 Nov 2018 (15 weeks)
Module Day Time
ME27 Thu 7.30pm – 9.30pm
ME01 Fri 7.30pm – 9.30pm
ME06 Sat 1.30pm – 3.30pm

* A detailed schedule of the course will be made available to course candidates.


The Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies is an external programme with the University of Kelaniya Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies in Sri Lanka. It is conducted by the Buddhist Library Graduate School in Singapore.

This is a one-year programme targeted at graduate students with a good first degree in Buddhist Studies or Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies.

Seminars and other programs will be conducted during the term break to allow greater exposure to and more focused studies on specific areas of Buddhist Studies.

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


Course Structure

Course duration is one academic year. The course consists of 6 units:

  • ME35 – Theravada Traditions: A Historical and Doctrinal Study
  • Pali 1 – Pali Language
  • ME01- Buddhist Doctrines of the Pali Nikayas: Analysis and Interpretation
  • ME06 – Origins of Mahayana and the Earliest Mahayana Sutras
  • ME23 – Buddhist Art and Architecture II (Sri Lanka)
  • ME27 – The Social Dimension of Buddhism


All candidates must complete all 6 units and submit a dissertation of 5,000 words (approx.) within an academic year before sitting for the examination.

All candidates are required to attend at least 75% of all Lectures and Tutor