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

It is proposed that the MA in Buddhist Studies should be taught as a two year’s full-time (teaching) and one year dissertation together with academic writing based at the Birmingham Buddhist Academy.

This course is designed to provide the graduate student with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Theravada Buddhism. It is also intended that this course should provide a wide knowledge base for those wishing to go on to do a doctorate in Theravada Buddhist studies.

Three modules will be offered, comprising of 2 core modules and 1 non-core modules:

  • 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. Morality and Social Ethics
    2. Pali Language & Literature **
    3. Myanmar Language & Literature (in future)
    4. History of Buddhism(in future)

** Current Course Offerings

Year 1

Duration: two 15 week semesters (September-May).
Contact Time: 4 modules per semester, each module comprising of two hours teaching every 3 weeks.
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.

Year 2

Duration: two 15 week semesters (September-May).
Contact Time: 3 modules per semester, each module comprising of 90 minutes 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.

Year 3

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

The final year of the course is to be devoted to the writing of a 15,000 word dissertation on one of the modules studied during the first two years.

Entry Requirements

Diploma Certificate in Buddhist Studies from Birmingham Buddhist Academy.
Candidates must submit their BA, BSc, MA, MSc degree equivalent in any subjects.

Non-UK candidates must submit an English language certificate (TOEFL/IELTS 6.0)