Diploma Online Course

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

Introduction

The programme leader, Dr Ottara Nyana (Aggamaha Pandita), is professor emeritus of the International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (ITBMU) in Yangon, Myanmar and has worked as Dean of Patipatti (Meditation) in ITBMU from 1999 to 2003. In 2011 his scholarly work The Essence of the Path of Purification (Visuddhimagga Rasa) was published by Triple Gem Publications.

It is proposed that the Diploma Course in Buddhist Studies should be taught as a one year full-time course based at the Birmingham Buddhist Academy. This course is designed to provide the 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 an MA in Theravada Buddhist studies.

One Year Diploma Course Details

Duration: two 15 week semesters (September-May).
Contact Time: 4 modules per semester, each module comprising of one hour 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.

Four modules will be offered, comprising of 2 core modules and 2 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. Mortality and Social Ethics
    2. Pali Grammar
    3. Myanmar Language and Literature(in future)
    4. History of Buddhism(in future)

 

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the one year Diploma Course must have a minimum of one A level or equivalent. Non-UK candidates must submit an English language certificate (TOEFL/IELTS 5.00). Candidates must sit an entrance examination and interview.

MA Online Course

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 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:

Course Details

  • 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)

 

Year 1

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 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)

Library

We have an increasing range of books available both for study on the premises and to be taken out on loan.

Until recently these were not formally catalogued but we are currently in the process of setting up a database to simplify research by subject.

A complete set of Theravada Buddhist texts in English is also available. These are not to be taken out of the library but you are welcome to come in and study them at the Vihara.

Also available on loan are a number of scholastic and meditation books suitable to both practitioners and students.

We would welcome the donation of books in good condition on subjects such as all schools of Buddhism, other world religions, philosophy, psychology and health.