Universität Hamburg

Buddhist Studies

M.A. (Master of Arts)
Subjects: Theology, Religion
M.A.
Degree
English
English only
Language
Summer semester:  15 Jan
Winter semester:  15 Jul
Application Deadlines
2 Years (starting: Both semesters)
Duration
Free
Tuition fees (per semester)
Starting
Both semesters
Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
Application:
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus

Requirements


Qualification Requirements


Previous Degree

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

Further requirements for each specialization are:

  • India: bachelor's degree in "Languages and Cultures of the Indian subcontinent and Tibet" from the Universität Hamburg or a comparable degree. Alternatively, you will need a degree from a German or international academic institution with a minimum of 45 credit points (ECTS) related to Buddhist studies, religious studies or Indology which include a minimum of 30 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in Sanskrit or Pali or equivalent language training.
  • Tibet: bachelor's degree in "Languages and Cultures of the Indian subcontinent and Tibet" from the Universität Hamburg or a comparable degree. It can be a bachelor with a specialization in Buddhist or religious studies as long as a minimum of 30 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in classical Tibetan have been acquired. Alternatively, you will need a degree from a German or international academic institution with a minimum of 45 credit points (ECTS) related to Buddhist studies, religious studies or Tibetology which include a minimum of 30 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in classical Tibetan or equivalent language training. Candidates whose mother tongue is Tibetan will need to document at least 20 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in classical Tibetan.
  • China: bachelor's degree in "East Asia" or a comparable degree. You will need a minimum of 50 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in Chinese (not necessary for applicants whose mother tongue is Chinese). Required is also evidence of substantial experience in reading classical Chinese.
  • Japan: bachelor's degree in "East Asia" or a comparable degree. Prove of competence in the Japanese language, in which you will need:
    • a minimum of 50 credit points (ECTS) for language courses in Japanese, or
    • 44 semester hours per week (SWS) of Japanese language courses, or
    • you must have passed the (old) level 2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).
    • The attained degree for language competence must not be older than two years. In case none of the above-mentioned three documentations can be provided within the application period, the candidate will have the possibility to undergo a Japanese language placement test conducted by the Universität Hamburg which has to be passed.
    • The need to prove competence in the Japanese language is not necessary for applicants whose mother tongue is Japanese. Applicants who do not hold a qualifying high school degree from a German-speaking institution are requested to demonstrate their competence in the German language according to the regulations of the Universität Hamburg.
  • Thailand: bachelor's degree in "Language and culture of Southeast Asia" or a comparable degree.
    • Language skills: a minimum of 25 credit points (ECTS) in Thai.
    • The need to prove competence in the Thai language is not necessary for applicants whose mother tongue is Thai.

Language Requirements


The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

languageEnglish
CERF English
min B2
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? yes

Additional information:
English native speakers don't need evidence of B2. Depending on the regional specialization you choose there are different requirements: Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, or Thai. Courses in the study track India, China, Tibet, and Thailand are held in English. In the Japan study track, German language proficiency is required as well. See the previous degree field for more information.

Application & Admission


Application Deadlines



Applications are open from:
Winter semester:February 15 (German)February 15 (EU)February 15 (Non EU)
Summer semester:December 01 (German)December 01 (EU)December 01 (Non EU)

Special Deadline Case:
Winter semester: There are two application periods for the Winter semester: February 15th to March 31st and June 1st to July 15th.
Summer semester:

Application Procedure & Selection


Mode of admission:
without admission restriction
Admission test/interview:
None
Application:
directly at University
Application Fee:
none

Application Documents


  1. Printout of your online application.
  2. Degree certificate or provisional transcript of records: if you are still studying when you apply and cannot yet provide a final certificate containing your grades, please submit your current transcript of records confirming your provisional grade point average. You will then need to submit your degree certificate by the end of the first semester of your master’s program.
  3. If the relevance for Buddhist Studies of the area (or sub-area) in which you completed your first university degree is not evident from the certificate, please enclose further certification (e.g. transcript of records).
  4. Curriculum vitae.
  5. A brief statement of motivation. Please mention the specialization you apply for.
  6. Proof of English language skills (see language requirements).
  7. Applicants with a focus on Japan and China must provide evidence for proficiency in German (paper copy).

Further Information


For more information please check the

Course Website