Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies 2018

Awarded by University of Kelaniya
Conducted by Buddhist Library Graduate School

Course Structure
Course Fees
Application Form
Further Enquiries


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 Tutorials in order to qualify for the Exams leading to the Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies.


Professor W Chandima
Former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
PhD (Lancaster, UK), B.A (Honours. Ceylon)
Professional Certificate in English (Cambridge, UK)

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

Course Fees

Registration Fee: S$100
Tuition Fee: S$3,600 for the whole course

  • 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 cash or cheque. Please do not send cash by post.
  • Cheques should be made payable to the Buddhist Research Society.


Please send your cheque and completed application form to :
Buddhist Library Graduate School
C/o Buddhist Research Society
2, Lorong 24A Geylang
Singapore 398526

Eligibility for Admission

Good first degree in Buddhist Studies or Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies.
Subject to approval from the Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies.

Application Form

A copy of the application form is obtainable from the Buddhist Library.

Further Enquiries

Please contact us for application details.