International Programmes 2020/2021

Doctoral Programme in Buddhist Studies Doctoral Programme in Buddhist Studies

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München • München

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Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
LMU Munich, Faculty for the Study of Culture
Teaching language
  • German
  • English

Participants can choose to write their doctoral dissertations in either German or English. Supervision meetings, etc., can also be held in either language.

Colloquia, workshops etc. are usually held in English.

Courses are held mostly in German, some in English.

Programme duration
7 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

1 June (to start in October), 1 December (to start in April)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

This doctoral programme focuses on the interdisciplinary study of Buddhism in its many forms within its historical, cultural, and social context. It is offered by the Centre for Buddhist Studies, which is comprised of faculty members from the departments of Chinese Studies, Indian and Tibetan Studies, Japanese Studies and Religious Studies.
Additional support is offered by the GraduateCenter.

Course organisation

The PhD programme offers a structured, research-oriented three-year doctoral study course in a specially designed curriculum. Intensive supervision as well as elements providing conference and teaching experience are also part of the programme. Additional support on administrative matters and personal skills development is offered by the GraduateCenter LMU (

Part-time studies are possible.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
  • Content-related regional focus
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

Study abroad units are encouraged.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

142.40 EUR per semester

Costs of living

Living costs (including accommodation and health insurance) in Munich are about 1,000 - 1,200 EUR per month.

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

We may be able to offer two scholarships a year. LMU Travel Grant, LMU Completion Grant

Academic admission requirements

Academic admission requirements include an excellent degree (Magister Artium, "Diplom", Staatsexamen, Master of Arts (with thesis), Maitrise, Laurea, etc.) in Buddhist studies, study of religions, or cultural studies. In exceptional cases, an excellent BA degree can also be accepted.

Language requirements

Language requirements include sufficient knowledge of English and German (or willingness to study German intensively) and of an Asian language relevant for the study of Buddhism.

Application deadline

1 June (to start in October), 1 December (to start in April)

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The International Office helps visiting academics, PhD students, and postdocs who are travelling to Munich for a set period of time to find accommodation.

For further information, please visit the following link:

Rooms in shared flats are popular on the private market and reasonably priced at 400-600 EUR per month if located in central parts of Munich.

Structured research and supervision
Research training / discussion
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Tutors
Support programmes for international students

Other support programmes include support by the coordinator of the programme and semester meetings. The International Office offers a support and integration programme to assist international students, doctoral candidates, and postdocs at LMU Munich.

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