Postgraduate Research Programs

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers the following postgraduate degrees by research:

  • Master of Arts (Research)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Direct admission is possible at any level, provided that the applicable entry requirements are met.

If you are interested in undertaking a research degree in the area of Buddhist Studies and would like to discuss the opportunities that might be available to you, please contact the Program Director prior to application.

For information on matters that are not covered here, such as fees and English-language requirements, please see the website of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and/or the International Student Office. The following links should be helpful:

For information about research strengths of staff in the Department, view our academic profiles and the program's research profile.

Current and recent projects in Buddhist Studies

Current Projects

  • Chang Tsu Shi: A study of the story of the bodhisattva Sadāprarudita (“Ever-weeping”) in the Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (PhD)
  • Sunisa Charoenpakdee: The Complexities of Thai Buddhist Women’s Ordination and Their Path to Enlightenment (PhD)
  • Lee Chilton: Yogācāra in Tibetan Buddhist doxography with special reference to the works of Maitreya-Asaṅga (PhD)
  • Chris Clark: An edition, translation, and study of the Pali Therāpadāna (PhD)
  • Stephanie Majcher: Saṃskṛta: Perfect Speech and the Forest of Wild Ideas. A Reconsideration of Language and Person in 6th Century BCE India (PhD)
  • Ian McCrabb: Gandhāran reliquary inscriptions: ritual practices and religious significance of relic establishment. (PhD)
  • Supranee Panitchayapong: An edition and study of the Saḷāyatanasaṃyutta of the Pāli Saṃyutta-Nikāya in the Pāli Canon (PhD)
  • Inge Riebe: A Study of the Mahāyāna-Hīnayāna distinction according to Thugs rje dpal bzang’s Shes rab man ngag mngon rtogs and Go rams pa’s Zhugs gNas kyi rnam gzhag’ (PhD)
  • Fazhao Shi: A study on the Śarīrārthagāthā of the Yogacārabhūmiśāstra
  • Blair Silverlock: Four Gāndhārī Madhyamāgama sūtras: editions and studies of the Senior Kharoṣṭhī Fragments 1 + 3, 4, 10 and 12 (PhD)
  • Kitchai Urkasame: A study of elements in Yogāvacara tradition from “Tham” scripts palm-leaf manuscripts (PhD)

Completed projects

  • Phra Monchai Saitanaporn: Buddhist Deliverance: A re-evaluation of the relationship between samatha and vipassanā (PhD, 2009)
  • Chanida Jantrasrisalai: Early Buddhist Dhammakāya: Its Philosophical and Soteriological Significance (PhD, 2008)
  • Andrew McGarrity: Aspects of early Madhyamaka in the light of logical developments in India, and the implications for understanding Tibetan dGe lugs pa (Gelukba) scholasticism (PhD, 2008)
  • Drasko Mitrikeski: Nagarjuna's Religious Practices Seen through the Analysis of His Hymns (PhD, 2008)
  • Olivia Rawlings-Way: Thich Nhat Hanh and Buddhist approaches to religious pluralism (PhD, 2008)
  • John Wu: The Fourfold of the "Godding": Primordiality in Heidegger, Hölderlin and Dzogchen (PhD, 2007)