Abbreviation FT / PT

The Master of Buddhist Counselling programme offers quality training on Buddhist teaching-based counselling knowledge and skills by means of interdisciplinary learning and contemplative practice. Buddhist counselling students are held to high standards of knowledge of Buddhist teachings, counselling skills, ethics, self-introspection, and awareness. In particular, a significant portion of courses will focus on guiding students to apply Buddhist teachings in counselling. Using this training model, students will participate in group discussions, conduct role playing of counselling sessions, develop mindfulness practices, apply Buddhist counselling techniques in daily lives, and become involved in other experiential activities.

The programme is intended for individuals with basic knowledge in Buddhist Studies who would like to study how Buddhist counselling adds a new dimension to their daily work. The curriculum is designed to support a wide range of career paths, including healthcare professionals, helping professionals, educational professionals, officers from disciplinary forces, and any other persons who are interested in the study of Buddhist counselling for personal enhancement.

Mode of Attendance

Full Time (one year, with classes on weekday evenings and weekends)

Part Time (two years, with classes on weekday evenings and weekends)

Medium of Instruction


Programme Entrance Requirements

(a) Holding a Bachelor's degree from this University or an equivalent qualification from comparable institutions.

(b) Satisfactorily completed BSTC6079 Early Buddhism: a doctrinal exposition and BSTC6002 Mahayana Buddhism in the HKU Master of Buddhist Studies programme, or courses of Buddhist studies offered by another comparable institution accepted for this purpose.

Applicants who do not fulfil (a) and/or (b) above may be invited to attend the "Buddhist Studies Foundation Course (BSFC)*" or take a qualifying examination. They will be considered for admission if they have satisfactory performance in the BSFC/qualifying examination.

*The BSFC is designed for selected MBC applicants who have not fulfilled the prerequisites in Buddhist Studies. The course aims to equip students with fundamental Buddhist knowledge to prepare them for the study of Buddhist counselling. Course details will be provided to selected applicants after initial short-listing.

Programme Admissions Advisor(s)

Dr George Lee
Tel: 3917 5075
Fax: 2549 3040