Postgraduate Research in Buddhist Studies

Buddhist Studies is a unique interdisciplinary program offering postgraduate research degrees that integrate training in use of primary-source language materials and critical methodologies appropriate to topics in Buddhist history, philosophy, textual studies, and cultural studies. Postgraduate research topics may include studies of Buddhism in Asia as well as in contemporary globalised contexts. Faculty research strengths include:

  • Method in the study of Indian and Buddhist thought
  • Early Buddhist literature, particularly of the ‘Mainstream’ schools, preserved in Pali, Gandhari, Prakrit, Buddhist Sanskrit and Chinese
    Recent discoveries of Buddhist manuscripts from Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Buddhism in South and South-east Asia, with a special interest in ancient Gandhara
  • Buddhist Sanskrit and the Middle Indo-Aryan languages, particularly Pali and Gandhari
  • Chan/Zen Buddhism
  • Chinese Religions and Cultural Studies
  • Religion and the Environment
  • Chinese Buddhist Art and Archaeology

Buddhist Studies postgraduate research programs

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Chair of Department

Matthew Stavros
Phone Number +61 2 9351 4805
Web Staff Page
Address Room 538
A18 - Brennan MacCallum
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Postgraduate Research Coordinator

Mark Allon
Phone Number +61 2 9351 3891
Web Staff Page
Address Room S348
A20 - John Woolley
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia