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MABuddhist Studies

Tuition fee €2,500 per semester
Application fee €150 one-time

The application fee is non-refundable

Examination fee €100 one-time
More information

elte.hu/en/buddhist-studies-ma 

Overview

Short description
The goal of this program is to offer students who are either relative newcomers to or already have taken their first steps in Buddhist Studies by studying a language related to Buddhism or a course related to religious studies. Students will gain comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a cultural phenomenon that once united large parts of Asia (and is still relevant today), cutting through and adapting to very different languages and cultures. The program is language-based and text-centric, with a wide variety of choices left up to personal interests in research topics. Students will be able to choose Sanskrit, Tibetan, Pali, Chinese, and several other languages. Teachers and researchers at our department are experts in, or are able to cover a wide-ranging area and we make every effort to offer in-depth personal guidance. We also maintain excellent working relationships with most major scholarly workshops in Europe and North America.

This program is recommended to applicants who would wish to study Buddhism, its scriptures, teachings, and cultural contexts primarily based on its original texts. By the end of the program, students will become able to conduct individual research by handling the chosen languages with confidence and with an in-depth understanding of methodology. Students will be able to gain all this in a friendly, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere in the middle of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

This program enables students to take their first steps as researchers in Buddhist Studies. Armed with at least one or two languages of classical Buddhism, students will be able to conduct research on their own, to be able to speak and write with confidence and success in their chosen sub-field. Graduates will emerge with a nuanced perspective on Buddhist thought, its impact on a variety of civilisations, and will be able to engage critically with the topic thus contributing to ongoing scholarly discourse.

Strength of program
The MA program in Buddhist Studies taught in English invites students from all over the world to join the department for rigorous study and the first steps towards independent research. The department offers Sanskrit, Tibetan, Pali, and Apabhramsha, while our sister departments can offer Chinese, Japanese, Mongolian, Korean, and a host of other languages that students might deem relevant. The range of topics we can cover is also broad, including early Buddhism, Abhidharma, Yogācāra, Madhyamaka, tantric Buddhism, as well as a large variety of regional Buddhisms. ELTE also offers the opportunity to combine any of these topics with several disciplines such as Religious Studies, Philosophy, or History. Beyond our carefully planned program, our experienced staff is deeply committed to providing customised guidance suited to students’ particular research interests.

Programme structure

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty:
www.btk.elte.hu/master-programmes

Career opportunities

Career opportunities
Although our degree is rather specialized, we strive to offer and strongly encourage our students to gain a rounded humanistic education. Therefore, in most general terms, they would become suitable for any job that requires related skills, e.g., journalism, travel writing, consultant for antiquities, etc.
More specifically, students would typically proceed to a PhD, which would open the gates towards an academic career, whether in an institutional setting or working individually, e.g., as a translator of Buddhist texts. Concerning the latter, a relatively recent highly coveted position is working for the 84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha, for which our program would offer excellent preparation.

Job examples:
—University Academic,
—Private Academic,
—Translator,
—Consultant,
—Travel guide

Apply now! September 2024/25
Application deadline
30 Jun 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
5 Sept 2024
Apply now! September 2024/25
Application deadline
30 Jun 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
5 Sept 2024
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