Birmingham Buddhist Academy (BBA)
Diploma Online Course in Buddhist Studies


The programme leader, Dr Ottara Nyana (Aggamaha Pandita), is professor emeritus of the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) in Yangon, Myanmar and has worked as Dean of Patipatti (Meditation) in ITBMU from 1999 to 2003. In 2011 his scholarly work The Essence of the Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga Rasa) was published by Triple Gem Publications.

It is proposed that the Diploma Course in Buddhist Studies should be taught as a one year full-time course based at the Birmingham Buddhist Academy. This course is designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Theravada Buddhism. It is also intended as a Foundation Course / Post Graduate Diploma for those wishing to go on to do an MA in Theravada Buddhist studies.

One Year Diploma Course Details

Duration: two 15 week semesters (September-May).

Contact Time: 4 modules per semester, each module comprising of one hour teaching every week.
Practical: Meditation Retreat: 4 days in Easter (compulsory). 10 days in August (optional)
Assessment will be by essays for each module at the end of the first and second semesters.

Four modules will be offered, comprising of 2 core subjects and 2 non-core subjects:

  • Core Modules
    1. Monastic Disciplinary Rules (Vinaya)
    2. Doctrine (Sutta)
    3. Philosophical Psychology of Buddhism (Abhidhamma)
    4. Meditation – Theory and Practice

  • Non-Core Modules
    1. Basic Buddhism **
    2. Pali Grammar **
    3. Myanmar Language and Literature(in future)
    4. History of Buddhism(in future)

** Current Course Offerings

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the one year Diploma Course must have a minimum of one A level or equivalent or Degree Certificate. Non-UK candidates must submit an English language certificate (TOEFL/IELTS 5.00). Candidates must sit an entrance examination and interview.

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