PhD Program in Thai Studies
     Following the continued success of the Master of Arts in Thai Studies program since 1991, the Department of Thai, Chulalongkorn University, in cooperation with the Thai Studies Center, is offering the PhD Program in Thai studies. The degree provides students the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of a discipline and thematic subject in Thai Studies under the supervision of recognized experts in the field and to become familiar with current research techniques and methodologies.
    The degree consists of five years of supervised doctoral research leading to a dissertation and an oral examination. Topics for research degrees can be in any of the disciplines and fields related to Thai Studies offered at Chulalongkorn University.
     Five years maximum
Entry Requirements
     Candidates should possess a Masterís degree in any discipline. As the medium of instruction is English, applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English TOEFL (≥79 IBT, 213 CBT) or CU-TEP (≥80) or IELTS (≥6.0).
     Applicants are also required to submit a brief research proposal. This should include a preliminary title for the research project, identify the main area of research, comment critically on the existing literature and indicate likely sources for the research.
     Students can join the program in either the first or second semester of the year. Application forms may be obtained from the Thai and Southeast Asian Studies Center, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. The deadline for applications is the end of May for the first semester and the end of September for the second semester. It is important to apply well before the start of the semester in which you want to enroll to allow us time to process your application.
Graduation Requisites
Students are required to successfully complete a dissertation equivalent of 48 credits and an oral examination. The dissertation must be an original piece of work and make a distinct contribution to knowledge of the subject.
     Fee may be revised.
Fee for the entire period of study:
     Thai Student: 97,000 baht per semester
     Foreign Student: 154,000 baht per semester

    Thai Studies Center
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 10330, Thailand.
    Tel: 662 2184862.
     Fax: 662 2184889.
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