Diploma in Pali and Buddhist Studies (English Medium)

(Registration No.: 272801)

Entrance Requirements

All applicants should meet at least one of the following requirements:
(i) Passes in three (3) subjects in GCE (General Certificate of Education) Advance Level examination in Sri Lanka;
(ii) Passes in three (3) subjects in London Advance Level examination;
(iii) A certificate equivalent to above qualification;
(iv) Diploma in Buddhist Studies or any other subject from a recognized university or higher education institute;
(v) Secondary school certificate (completed thirteen years of school education) or its equivalent;
(vi) Any other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above by University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

If the student’s first language is not English, or if the medium of instruction of his previous studies was not in English, he will be invited to attend an interview with a view to ascertaining whether he can work in English.

Programme Structure

Candidates should earn 30 credits to complete the Diploma programme. The programme will be offered on a Semester basis. Each academic year comprises two (2) semesters.

Course Units on offer:
DPBS 13014 Historical Background of Buddhism (4 credits)
DPBS 13024 Fundamental Teachings of Buddhism (4 credits)
DPBS 13034 Selected Readings in Pali Literature (4 credits)
DPBS 13044 Pali Grammar & Literature (4 credits)
DPBS 13052 Buddhist Cultural Diversity in Asia (2 credits)
DPBS 13054 Elementary Buddhist Sanskrit (4 credits)
DPBS 13062 Theravada and Mahayana (2 credits)
DPBS 13064 Buddhist Ethics and Meditation (4 credits)
DPBS 13074 Abhidhamma and Development of Buddhist Thought (4 credits)
DPBS 13082 English For Buddhist Studies (2 credits)
DPBS 13084 Selected Readings in Chinese Buddhist Sutras (4 credits)
DPBS 13094 Modern movements of Humanistic Buddhism (4 credits)

For each academic year, we will select course units to be offered, 16 credits or 14 credits, making a total of 30 credits for the 2-year part-time programme. Course units DPBS 13014, DPBS 13024, DPBS 13064 and DPBS 13074 will be offered to students in the 2-year programme.

Mode of Study

Part-time (two years) / Occasional
Classes will mainly be conducted on weekday evenings and weekends.

Online teaching will be arranged for overseas students.

2021 Programme Timetable

2021 Timetable for First Semester

2021 Course Syllabus

Course Syallbus

2021 Course Borchure

Course Brochure

Provision for enrolment as Occasional Students

Applicants who are interested in taking only certain course units (instead of joining the whole Diploma programme) may enrol as Occasional Students. They do not need to meet the above‑mentioned entrance requirements for enrolment. Upon completion of the chosen course unit, students will be issued a Certificate of Attendance. For those who have successfully completed all the requirements of a course unit (including final examination and written assignments), a Certificate of Completion with the passing grade obtained will be issued.

Study Load

The whole programme comprises 450 lecture hours. Students are advised to spend no less than 60 hours of self-study for 4-credit course units and 30 hours of self-study for 2-credit course units to gain the full benefit of the programme.

Programme Fees

HK$500 non-refundable application fee
Tuition fee: HK$29,000 (payable in 4 instalments): HK$7,250 per instalment
Occasional Students: HK$3,000 per course (4 credits), HK$2,000 per course (2 credits).


A limited number of scholarships are available for needy students.

Application Procedures

Please download the application form, and submit a completed copy, along with certified copies of your academic credentials, three recent photographs (45mm X 35mm) of yourself and an application fee of HK$500 (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

Please note that the application fee of HK$500 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.

Tentative Course Commencement

17 March 2021

Application Deadline

16 March 2021

Briefing Session by Dr K S CHIU (in Cantonese)

Date: 30 January 2020 (Saturday)
Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm
Venue: The Buddha-Dharma Centre of Hong Kong
28/F Pacific Plaza, 410 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong


Tel: (852) 2673 0081
Email: enquiries@buddha-dharma.org.hk

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.