Postgraduate Diploma in Buddhist Studies 2021

Awarded by University of Kelaniya
Conducted by Buddhist Library Graduate School

Course Structure
Course Fees
Application Form
Further Enquiries


Closing Date 27 Feb 2021 (Sat)
Commencement Date 2 Mar 2021 (Tue)
Duration 1 year
Academic Year 2 Mar 2021 to 19 Oct 2021
Weekly Classes Every Tue 7.30pm − 9.30pm
Every Thur 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Every Sat 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Examination Please block Nov & Dec 2021 for examination
Term 1: 2 Mar 2021 to 19 Jun 2021 (15 weeks)
Module Day Time
PDBS 02 Tue 7.30pm – 9.30pm
PDBS 06 Thur 7.30pm – 9.30pm
PDBS 01 Sat 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Academic Break 20 Jun 2021 – 18 Jul 2021 (4 weeks)
Term 2: 19 Jul 2021 – 30 Oct 2021 (15 weeks)
Module Day Time
PDBS 03 Tue 7.30pm – 9.30pm
PDBS 06 Thur 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 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

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.

Further Enquiries

Please contact us for application details.