MA Buddhist Studies

The University of South Wales’s MA Buddhist Studies course is ideal for teachers wishing to enhance their subject knowledge, and also for those working in Buddhist organisations who wish to gain a recognised qualification. It is also an excellent course for those wishing to study Buddhism in its own right.

This part-time distance learning course provides you with a step-by-step approach that gently leads students through an overview of the world of Buddhism. Learning resources and contact with tutors and fellow students is provided through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. This enables you, wherever you are in the world, to be part of an internet-based group to study, explore and discuss Buddhism using high quality, stimulating and academically rigorous materials. This means that study and participation can be fitted flexibly around other commitments.

Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 3 Years February On Line 8

Modules include:

  • Buddhist Traditions (compulsory)
    Learn about key Buddhist concepts and practices as well as the misconceptions of Buddhism. Also, gain an insight into the history of the development of Buddhism and its main sub-traditions.
  • Buddhist Meditation and Psychology
    Develop your knowledge of Buddhist meditation traditions in both theory and practice across a number of different cultures. Also, consider Western psychological perspectives on Buddhist meditation.
  • Buddhist Ethics
    Gain an understanding of Buddhist Ethics in both theory and practice across a number of different cultures.
  • Buddhist Philosophy
    Learn about Buddhist philosophical traditions across a number of different cultures.
  • Pali Language (numbers permitting)
    Develop a solid grounding in Pali language, forming the foundation for further self-study.
  • Dissertation (for students progressing to the MA)
    A significant piece of research into an appropriate area of study.

Teaching

The MA Buddhist Studies course is delivered entirely by distance learning. The learning resources and contact with tutors and fellow students are provided on the internet through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

  • Certificate: One Year
  • Diploma: Two years
  • Masters: Three years

Those with a therapy background may be interested in exiting with a Postgraduate Certificate in Buddhist Studies by pursuing only the Buddhist Traditions and Buddhist Meditation and Psychology modules. To achieve the Postgraduate Diploma you need to complete four modules over two years. If you then wish to progress to the full Masters you must complete a dissertation which will take an additional year.

Assessment

Assessment is mostly through coursework, submitted online. There are non-invigilated timed examinations for the Pali Language module.

Lecturers

Dr Nick Swann, course leader

  • A good Honours degree at class 2:1 or above.
  • Skype interview required.
  • If this degree was not conducted in English medium, then you must demonstrate English ability to IELTS level 6.5 across all competencies

However, because students may come from diverse backgrounds, alternative evidence of aptitude for academic study may be taken into consideration. Please contact nick.swann@southwales.ac.uk if you need clarification.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £670  per 20 credits.

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Other : Text books, per taught module * £120 - £160
Note that this is the average for each taught module. Access to text books is obligatory for each taught module, but that these may be available in local academic libraries and many can be found second hand.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment)
We don’t require students to purchase kit.
DBS £76
Where required by placement, the student pays DBS cost.
Placement expenses:
Students are encouraged to undertake a period of work placement. Student's undertaking placement may incur costs associated with travel and expected workplace attire will vary according to the placement.
Other : Textbooks £105.43

The MA Buddhist Studies course will provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge related to Buddhism, and also forms an excellent basis for those wishing to pursue further academic study in the field.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.