Buddhist studies for undergraduates

At undergraduate level, units involving Buddhist and Asian Studies form part of the BA degree profile within the Religion and Theology Department. The Department offers one single-honours degree in Religion and Theology and joint-honours in collaboration with other departments in Philosophy and Theology and Theology and Sociology.

With any of these degree courses it is possible to take the units in Buddhist and Asian Studies. All BA degree courses last three years full-time.

Please note that in order to apply for an undergraduate degree at a British university you do not apply to the university itself. Applications are made through the UCAS procedure. You should contact UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) at Fulton House, Jessop Avenue, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3SH, UK (01242 222444 (general enquiries); 01242 227788 (applicant enquiries); 01242 221622 (fax)) for the requisite forms.

Examples of the units that can be studied for the BA include:

THRS10028 Living Religions

THRSM0138 Asian Traditions of Meditation

THRS10017 Introduction to Sanskrit I: Grammar

THRS30101 Death and Afterlife in Buddhism

THRS30088 Mahayana Buddhist Literature in East Asia

THRS20225 Evil Monks, Foxy Ladies, and Pocket Monsters: Religion and Japanese Popular Culture

THRS30060 Zen Buddhism

THRS30081 Buddhism in Practice

THRSM0141 Sex, Humour, and Piety: Life in the Ancient and Medieval Buddhist Monastery
THRS30089 Esoteric Buddhism in East Asia
THRS20096 Religion and Material Culture
THRS20220 Japanese Religions: Practices and Beliefs
THRS30098 The Body in East Asian Thought and Practices
THRS20101 Religions and Cultural Change in India: from Indus to Islam