International Programmes 2019/2020

Doctoral Programme in Buddhist Studies Doctoral Programme in Buddhist Studies

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München • München

Degree
Dr phil
Doctoral degree or degree awarded by
LMU Munich, Faculty for the Study of Culture
Course location
München
Teaching language
  • German
  • English
Languages

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
Beginning
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

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

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

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 (https://www.graduatecenter.lmu.de).

Part-time studies are possible.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
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
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution
129.40 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
Yes
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)

Submit application to

See: https://www.en.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/applications/index.html

Accommodation

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:

https://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/about_lmu/contact/int_office/services/services_visiting_academics/accommodation_intern_academics/index.html

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
Yes
Research training / discussion
Yes
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Tutors
  • Other
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.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

University location

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) is recognised as one of the top-ranked universities in Europe. Research and teaching at the university's 18 faculties are committed to the highest international standards of excellence. Students can choose from over 200 degree programmes ranging from the humanities and social sciences to economics and law as well as medicine and natural sciences. A growing number of Master's and doctoral programmes are taught in English.
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München forms part of a unique network of research institutions, foundations, and corporations in and around the city. Its campuses and a lively international student community constitute an integral part of the urban landscape. Home to approximately 1.5 million people, Munich is not only an important hub for higher education, research, technology, and the media. With its renowned museums, galleries, theatres, and festivals, the capital of Bavaria also ranks among the major European cultural centres. Its proximity to the surrounding lakes and the Bavarian Alps adds to Munich's inimitable appeal.