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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 Master’s Degree in any discipline
2. Applicants must have a good command of English

Required Documents

1. A completed application form with a photograph (3cm x 4 cm) attached (Download .doc | .pdf)
2. A photocopy of both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree certificate (in English)
3. A photocopy of academic transcripts from both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree (in English)
4. A photocopy of ID card (for Thai applicants)
5. A photocopy of passport (for foreign applicants)
6. A Curriculum Vitae
7. Two recommendation letters from the dean, head of department or advisor of the applicants’ institution
8. Research Proposal which includes the following components:

  • Rationale
  • Hypothesis
  • Theoretical framework
  • Research question
  • Research objectives
  • Literature review
  • Significance of the study
  • Bibliography

*Ph.D. proposal: 15-20 pages in length
Font: Times New Roman, 12, Double space

9. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit any of the following English Proficiency test result which meets the scholarship’s requirement:

  • CU-TEP (≥67)
  • TOEFL (Paper-based ≥525, Computer-based≥197, Internet-based ≥71) or
  • IELTS (≥5.5)


Students can join the program in either the 1st or 2nd semester of every year. An application form can be obtained from the Thai Studies Center, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand or contact

The deadline for applications is around the end of June for the 1st semester and around the end of October for the 2nd semester. The deadline is subject to change by the calendar academic year of Chulalongkorn University.

Please visit Graduate School for more information about date and time for admission.

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

Requisites for Graduation

Students are required to successfully complete compulsory courses and dissertation equivalent of 36 credits and an oral examination. The dissertation must be an original piece of work and make a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject. The compulsory courses are as follows:

  • 2247601 Modernization and Traditional Society in Thailand
  • 2247602 Contemporary Thailand
  • 2247603 Thai Buddhism
  • 2247894 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar

The taught courses aim to provide students with knowledge and training in order to produce full research proposals and carry out their proposed research.

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