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For Ph.D. Program

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 Ph.D. 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 three to six 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.

Required qualifications

  1. Applicants must possess a Master’s Degree in any discipline with a GPA in a Bachelor’s Degree of not lower than 3.25 and GPA in a Master’s Degree of not lower than 3.25 (in the 4.00 GPA system).
  2. Applicants must have a good command of English.

Required Documents

  1. A completed application form with a photograph (3 cm x 4 cm) attached. (Download Application Form)
  2. Copies of degree certificates in Bachelor and Master’s Degrees and the official English translations with the university’s seals if the original language is not English.
  3. Copies of academic transcripts and the official English translations with the university’s seals if the original language is not English.
  4. Copies of grade reports and their conversion to the 4.00 GPA system if the grading system is not in 4.00 GPA system by default. (Download Grade Conversion Report)
  5. Curriculum Vitae.
  6. Two recommendation letters from the dean, or head of department or advisor of the applicant’s university. The letters must contain the university’s seals, as well as the signature, the affiliation, and the university’s email address of the recommenders.
  7. Any of the following English Proficiency test result:
    – CU-TEP ≥ 80
    – TOEFL (Paper-based ≥ 560, Computer-based ≥ 220, Internet-based ≥ 83)
    – IELTS ≥ 6.5 and not lower than 6.0 in each band.
  8. A preliminary research proposal including the project’s title, literature review, objectives, hypotheses, and significance to Thai Studies.
  9. A copy of a passport or Thai National ID card.
  10. Information about the applicant’s Master’s thesis: title, abstract, as well as the name and affiliation of the thesis advisor

* If the original language of these documents is not English, the official English translation is required.

*** All applications must adhere to Chulalongkorn University’s Graduate School’s guidelines as well as the approval of the Thai Studies Program committee and the Administrative Board of the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is divided into two semesters per year. Courses in Thai Studies are offered in the 1st and the 2nd semester of every academic year.

  • First semester: August – December
  • Second semester: January – May

See Current Academic Calendar Here

Fees and Expenses

  • Thai Student: 99,500 baht/semester
  • Foreign Student: 162,700 baht/semester

Read 2 easy steps for admission Here