Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Buddhist Studies
The PhD program at Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies (CBS) is a 3-year research program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The aim of the program is to develop each student's ability to undertake academic research projects within Buddhist Studies to the highest standard and to elicit substantial new findings in the field.
At the beginning of the program each student is assigned a Thesis Supervisor who oversees the academic progress of the student.
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Application and Admission
To be admitted to the PhD program a student should first visit the Admissions section of this website where the admissions process is described in detail. Please note that only a limited number of students can be admitted to the PhD program each year. The admission process is continual and the enrollment limit may fill prior to the deadline. Applicants are therefore encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Admissions Process and Course Dates
All applications to RYI/CBS are accepted online through the RYI Portal. RYI/CBS does not accept written applications submitted by mail or in person. Should you need assistance with application, contact us.
Depending on the program for which you apply, some or all of the following items are required:
- Personal Details
- Application Essay
- Academic transcripts and diplomas, with English translations where applicable
- Letter(s) of reference
- Proof of English language proficiency
- Application fee
PhD students may commence their research once their proposal has been approved by the KU-CBS research panel which meets on an "as required" basis.
Applications are accepted at any time during the academic year. Click here for application instructions.