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Indian and Tibetan Studies: Buddhism and Tibet

This is a specialisation of the master programme of Indian and Tibetan Studies.

Only BA TCIT graduated students have direct access to the Master Indian and Tibetan Studies, all students with a BA certificate from a institute of Higher Education or Higher Vocational Education should complete a pre-master programme to be allowed to enter in the master programme.

first year

The MA programme is made up of the following main elements (all of which are worth 10 ECTS credits, unless stated otherwise):

  • Tutorial – Intensive study of primary source material

  • Pensum – Guided reading of primary/secondary literature assigned by the teaching staff (this Pensum may be replaced by a second tutorial within the department)

  • Option – This is a free option. You can choose to direct your study in-line with your particular interests. Examples include following a master class taught in the M.Phil programme, practical training or spending time on thesis preparation

  • Thesis [20 ECTS]

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
History, Theory, Nation: Readings from the South 10
Sharing the tales of the Buddha: narrative art in Asia 10

More info

Students who choose a specialisation in the study of Buddhism and/or Tibet will focus on
Indian and/or Tibetan Buddhist texts and their (religious-)historical context. The genre
of the textual sources selected for reading will belong to the particular fields of expertise
of the staff, for example, Indo-Tibetan treatises concerning Buddhist hermeneutics;
Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy; Buddhist scholastics; indigenous linguistics and

Master’s thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to graduate, students must have completed a total of 60 ects, including courses
and the master’s thesis. The thesis of the master’s programme in Indian and Tibetan
Studies has the weight of 20 ects-credits and generally consists of a maximum of 17,000
words, including notes, bibliography and appendices.
Also see Regulations.