Doctor of Philosophy in Buddhist Studies (PhD)
(Registration No.: 272560)
All applicants should meet at least one of the following requirements:
(i) Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Degree in a relevant area from a recognized university; or
(ii) Master’s Degree in a relevant area from a recognized university; or
(iii) First or second class (upper division) in Bachelor’s Honours Degree or “Special Bachelor’s Degree” from a recognized university in a relevant area; or
(iv) Any other qualifications deemed as equivalent to the above by the Faculty Board of PGIPBS.
1. Relevant areas include Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Culture, Indian Philosophy, Comparative Religion, Sinhala, Archaeology, Psychology, Pali, Sanskrit, Philosophy, Classical Chinese, Classical Tibetan or any other subject related to these areas of study.
2. Applicants with only a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours or Special) or a Master’s Degree in a relevant area will be initially registered as MPhil and may be upgraded to PhD for those who have been performing satisfactorily within 18 months’ period (for full-time mode) and within 24 months’ period (for part-time mode), subject to the approval of the Faculty Board of PGIPBS.
3. Applicants with MPhil in a relevant area or equivalent (e.g. a two-year Master’s Degree with a research component) from a recognized university may seek direct entry to the PhD with the approval of the Faculty Board of PGIPBS
English Language Proficiency Requirement:
If the student’s first language is not English, or if the medium of instruction of his previous degree was not in English, he will be required to pass an English Test. If he fails to pass the Test, he will be required to take an intensive English course.
Students are required to submit a thesis of 65 000 – 100 000 words on a subject as approved by the Faculty Board of PGIPBS. There are no compulsory modules / lectures for this programme, but students are encouraged to sit in the modules of the Master of Arts Degree in Buddhist Studies Programme (Reg. No.: 272503).
Students would pursue their research under the guidance of academic supervisors assigned by the Academic Committee of BDCHK and subject to the approval of the Faculty Board of PGIPBS. Supervision of students is through individual tutorial classes. Attendance at lectures and seminars relevant to their subjects of research may also be required.
The assessment will be based on:
(i) a thesis of 65 000 – 100 000 words;
(ii) an oral examination on the thesis.
The thesis and the oral examination will be examined by the “Thesis Examination Committee” as approved by the Faculty Board of PGIPBS.
Mode of Study
Full-time (3 years)
Part-time (6 years)
HK$1,000 non-refundable application fee
Tuition fee: HK$240,000
Full-time Mode (payable in 6 instalments): HK$40,000 per instalment
Part-time Mode (payable in 12 instalments): HK$20,000 per instalment
A limited number of scholarships are available for needy students.
Applications for admission may be made at any time of the year. Interested applicants should first consult the Academic Director before submitting the application.
The application for enrolment must be accompanied by a synopsis of the proposed subject of research, indicating clearly the title of the subject of research, objectives of the research, the definition of the field in which the research is to be carried out, the proposed method of research, the sources of study and any other relevant information.
The completed application form should be submitted together with a synopsis of the proposed subject of research, certified copies of your academic credentials, three recent photographs (45mm X 35mm) of yourself, and an application fee of HK$1,000 (cheque payable to The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong Ltd.) to BDCHK. Payment by telegraphic transfer can be effected in accordance with the following instructions:
Beneficiary bank name: HSBC Hong Kong
Beneficiary account number: 023-133366-838
Beneficiary name: The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong Limited
Beneficiary bank address: 1 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong
Swift code: HSBCHKHHHKH
Please note that the application fee of HK$1,000 should be paid in full in HKD, net of all bank charges which should be absorbed by the remitter or sender.
Please note that documents once submitted will not be returned to applicants. For successful applications, the application documents will form part of the student records. For unsuccessful applications, the application form and all supporting documents will be destroyed.
Tel: (852) 2673 0081
The programme is registered under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance, Cap. 493. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which these courses may lead.