Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies 2022

Awarded by University of Kelaniya
Conducted by Buddhist Library Graduate School

Course Structure
Course Fees
Application Form
Further Enquiries


Closing Date 26 Feb 2022 (Sat)
Commencement Date 1 Mar 2022 (Tue)
Duration 1 year
Academic Year 1 Mar 2022 to 29 Oct 2022
Weekly Classes Every Tue 7.30pm − 9.30pm
Every Thur 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Every Sat 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Examination NB: Examination dates are determined by the Postgraduate Institute, Sri Lanka
Term 1: 1 Mar 2022 to 18 Jun 2022 (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 19 Jun 2022 – 17 Jul 2022 (4 weeks)
Term 2: 19 Jul 2022 – 29 Oct 2022 (15 weeks)
Module Day Time
PDBS 06 Tue 7.30pm – 9.30pm
PDBS 04 Sat 2.00pm – 4.00pm


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.

Course Structure

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 four units 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.


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

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

Course Fees

Registration Fee: $100.00
Tuition Fee: $1,600 for the entire 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, cheque or e-payment. Please do not send cash by post.
  • For e-payment, you may transfer payment to DBS A/c 0010193783 or paynow S81SS0026HBRS.
  • 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

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.

Application Form

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


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Further Enquiries

Please contact us for application details.