Admission Requirements for Doctorate Courses in Thailand

Overview: Duration and Language of Thai PhD Courses 

Admission Requirements for Phd In Thailand
Language: PhD and doctoral degree courses are offered by Thai universities in numerous languages including English. These doctoral degree courses range from business management to information technology, computer science to finance and economics. International programs are available at campuses across Bangkok, Chiangmai, Khon Kaen and Phuket. Doctoral courses in Thailand are perfect for those who want to excel in research, academia or the industry. 

Duration: PhD courses at Thai universities take at least 3 years. First year comprises coursework which prepares the student for his research. An individual thesis program is then assigned to the students in line with topics of a particular field of study, Finally, research candidates need to publish their scientific work in journals which are internationally refereed. 

Admission Requirements for Doctoral Programs in Thailand 

Credits Needed: One of the most popular choices for doctoral degree studies is business management. For those who do not have management background, the following credits are needed:
  • 12 from certain MBA courses
  • 18 credits for course-work: 12 credits from Doctoral level courses and one special study of 3 credits as well as 3 credits from an MBA elective 
  • This adds up to a total of 30 credits before advancement to admission stage.
For students with some management background, 6 credits are needed from stipulated MBA programs while 18 credits of coursework are needed. Of this, 12 credits must be from PhD courses plus 3 credits from 1 special study and 3 credits from MBA elective, totalling 24 credits in all. 

GPA Requirements: Doctoral students must maintain top GPA scores(at least 3.5) in academic performance and present their progress in coursework as well as research to program committees. Qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy is also held. Prior to advancing for the doctoral degree course students must have the done the following:
  • Satisfied minimum credit requirement for the course
  • Maintained a satisfactory cumulative GPA minimum of 3.5
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge in the doctoral subject
  • Pass the qualifying examination conducted by the Program Committee
  • Demonstrate knowledge in chosen field through public seminar and defence of their thesis in oral exams 
  • Advancement to candidacy exam must be completed by the 3rd semester for resident doctoral students and 4th semester for non resident doctorates. 
Dissertation proposal should have the following qualities:
  • Comprehensive literature survey
  • Discussion of research undertaken and experimental methods employed
  • Dissertation should be in required format 
  • Dissertation equals 66 credits for a doctoral program in regular settings 

Thai Entrance/Test Requirements

Admission Requirements for Doctoral Degree Courses in Thailand
Doctoral degrees require anywhere between 2 to 5 years of study. This totals 48 credits following a Master’s program and 72 credits following a Bachelor’s program with associated course-work and research component.
Master’s degree with GPA of at least 3.5 is needed for entrance into doctoral programs though there have been instances of exceptional undergraduates also making it to the program.

Courses Offered At Doctoral Level in Thailand 

A wide plethora of courses are offered at doctoral level in Thailand including the following:
  • Social Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Business Management/Administration
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts
  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Architecture 
  • Nursing 
  • Information Technology

Admission Process and Academic Calendar for Doctoral Degree Courses in Thailand

The semester starts in August and students must have completed admission formalities at least 2 to 3 months beforehand. Visa processing also takes time and students need to be up to date with document submission to ensure timely admissions.  

International Students For Doctoral Level in Thailand 

Number of doctoral students in public universities in Thailand according to UNESCO Institute of Statistics was around 20,000 while those in private universities totalled 3,000 in the year 2011. 
Thailand has 5 doctoral students for every 100,000 students (UNESCO Institute of Statistics, 2011). 

List of Institutions Offering PhD Courses in Thailand 

I. Public Higher Education Institutions and Universities in Thailand


Bansomdej Chaopraya Rajabhat University (BSRU)
Web: www.bsru.ac.th

Buriram Rajabhat University (BRU)
Web: www.bru.ac.th

Chaiyaphum Rajabhat University (CPRU)
Web: www.cpru.ac.th

Chandrakasem Rajabhat University (CRU)
Web: www.chandra.ac.th

Chiang Mai Rajabhat University (CMRU)
Web: www.cmru.ac.th

Chiang Rai Rajabhat University (CRU)
Web: www.cru.in.th

Dhonburi Rajabhat University (DRU)
Web: www.dru.ac.th

Kalasin Rajabhat University (KSU)
Web: www.ksu.ac.th

Kamphaeng Phet Rajabhat University (KPRU)
Web: www.kpru.ac.th

Kanchanaburi Rajabhat University (KRU)
Web: www.kru.ac.th

Kasetsart University (KU)
Web: www.ku.ac.th

Khon Kaen University (KKU)
Web: www.kku.ac.th

Lampang Rajabhat University (LPRU)
Web: www.lpru.ac.th

Loei Rajabhat University (LRU)
Web: www.lru.ac.th

Maejo University (MJU)
Web: www.mju.ac.th

Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (MCU)
Web: www.mcu.ac.th

Mahamakut Buddhist University (MBU)
Web: www.mbu.ac.th

Mahasarakham University (MSU)
Web: www.msu.ac.th

Muban Chombueng Rajabhat University (MCRU)
Web: www.mcru.ac.th

Nakhon Pathom Rajabhat University (NPRU)
Web: www.npru.ac.th

Nakhon Phanom University (NPU)
Web: www.npu.ac.th

Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University (NRRU)
Web: www.nrru.ac.th

Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University (NSRU)
Web: www.nsru.ac.th

Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University (NSTRU)
Web: www.nstru.ac.th

Naresuan University (NU)
Web: www.nu.ac.th

National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA)
Web: www.nida.ac.th

Pathumwan Institute of Technology
Web: www.ptwit.ac.th

Phetchabun Rajabhat University (PCRU)
Web: www.pcru.ac.th

Phetchaburi Rajabhat University (PBRU)
Web: www.pbru.ac.th

Phranakhon Rajabhat University (PNRU)
Web: www.pnru.ac.th

Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University (ARU)
Web: www.aru.ac.th

Phuket Rajabhat University (PKRU)
Web: www.pkru.ac.th

Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University (PSRU)
Web: www.psru.ac.th

Prince of Songkla University (PSU)
Web: www.psu.ac.th

Princess of Naradhiwas University (PNU)
Web: www.pnu.ac.th

Queen Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University (QRU)
Web: www.rbru.ac.th

Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University (RMU)
Web: www.rmu.ac.th

Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University (RRU)
Web: www.rru.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (RMUTI)
Web: www.nec.rit.ac.th

Kalasin Campus
Web: www.ksc.rit.ac.th 

Khon Kaen Campus
Web: www.kkc.rit.ac.th

Sakon Nakhon Campus

Surin Campus
Web: www.surin.rit.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep (RMUTK)
Web: www.btc.rit.ac.th

Bophit Phimuk Maha Mek Campus
Web: www.bpm.rit.ac.th

Phra Nakhon Tai Campus
Web: www.sbk.rit.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna (RMUTL)
Web: www.north.rit.ac.th

Payap (Jedyod) Campus
Web: www.north.rit.ac.th

Chiang Rai Campus
Web: www.chrc.rit.ac.th

Lampang Campus
Web: www.lpc.rit.ac.th

Nan Campus
Web: www.nan.rit.ac.th

Phitsanulok Campus
Web: www.plc.rit.ac.th

Tak Campus
Web: www.tak.rit.ac.th

Lampang Agricultural Research and Training Center (LARTC)
Web: www.lartc.rit.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon (RMUTP)
Web: www.thewes.rit.ac.th

Bangkok Commercial Campus
Web: www.bcc.rit.ac.th

Chotiwet Campus
E-mail: chtwc@rit.ac.th
Web: www.chtwc.rit.ac.th

Chumphon Khet Udomsak Campus
Web: www.ckus.rit.ac.th

North Bangkok Campus
Web: www.nbk.rit.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin (RMUTR)
Web: www.salaya.rit.ac.th

Bophit Phimuk Chakkawat Campus
Web: www.bpc.rit.ac.th

Poh-Chang Campus
Web: www.pohchang.rit.ac.th

Wang Klai Kangwon Campus
Web: www.kkw.rit.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (RMUTSV)
Web: www.south.rit.ac.th

Nakhon Si Thammarat Campus
Web: www.nstrc.rit.ac.th

Srivichai Campus
Web: www.svj.rit.ac.th

Faculty of Agriculture, 
Web: www.fan.rit.ac.th

Faculty of Science and Fisheries Technology
Web: www.fishtech.rit.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Suvarnabhumi (RMUTSB)
Web: www.huntra.rit.ac.th

Nonthaburi Campus
Web: www.non.rit.ac.th

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Wasukri Campus
Web: www.wasukri.rit.ac.th

Suphan Buri Campus
Web: www.suphan.rit.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Tawan-Ok (RMUTTO)
President’s Office
Faculty of Agriculture, 
Web: www.bpagr.rit.ac.th

Bangphra Campus
Web: www.bpagr.rit.ac.th

Chakrabongse Bhuvanath Campus
Web: www.cpc.rit.ac.th

Chantaburi Campus
Web: www.chan.rit.ac.th

Uthen Thawai Campus
Web: www.uthen.rit.ac.th

Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT)
Web: www.rmutt.ac.th

Pathum Thani Campus
Web: www.ptc.rmutt.ac.th

Roi-et Rajabhat University (RERU)
Web: www.reru.ac.th

Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University (SNRU)
Web: www.snru.ac.th

Silpakorn University (SU)
Web: www.su.ac.th

Si Sa Ket Rajabhat University (SSKRU)
Web: www.sskru.ac.th

Songkhla Rajabhat University (SKRU)
Web: www.skru.ac.th

Srinakharinwirot University (SWU)
Web: www.swu.ac.th

Suan Dusit Rajabhat University (SDU)
Web: www.dusit.ac.th

Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (SSRU)
Web: www.ssru.ac.th

Surat Thani Rajabhat University (SRU)
Web: www.sru.ac.th

Surindra Rajabhat University (SRRU)
Web: www.srru.ac.th

Thammasat University (TU)
Telephone No: (66 2) 613 3333(66 2) 613 3333, 224 8105
Fax: (66 2) 224 8105
Web: www.tu.ac.th

Thepsatri Rajabhat University (TRU)
Web: www.tru.ac.th

Ubon Rajathanee University (UBU)
Web: www.ubu.ac.th

Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University (UBRU)
Web: www.ubru.ac.th

Udon Thani Rajabhat University (UDRU)
Web: www.udru.ac.th

Uttaradit Rajabhat University (URU)
Web: www.uru.ac.th

Valaya-Alongkorn Rajabhat University (VRU)
Web: www.vru.ac.th

Yala Rajabhat University (YRU)
Web: www.yru.ac.th

Open Admission Universities in Thailand

Ramkhamhaeng University (RU)
Web: www.ru.ac.th

Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU)
Web: www.stou.ac.th


Thai Autonomous Universities 

Burapha University (BUU)
Web: www.buu.ac.th

Chiang Mai University (CMU)
Web: www.cmu.ac.th

Chulalongkorn University (CU)
Web: www.chula.ac.th

King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL)
Web: www.kmitl.ac.th

King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB)
Web: www.kmutnb.ac.th

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)
Web: www.kmutt.ac.th

Mae Fah Luang University (MFLU)
Web: www.mfu.ac.th

Mahidol University (MU)
Web: www.mahidol.ac.th

Suranaree University of Technology (SUT)
Web: www.sut.ac.th

Thaksin University (TSU)
Web: www.tsu.ac.th

Walailak University (WU)
Web: www.wu.ac.th

III. Private Higher Education Institutes in Thailand

Arsom Silp Institute of the Arts and Development 
Web: www.arsomsilp.ac.th

Asian University (Asian U)
Web: www.asianust.ac.th

Assumption University (AU)
Web: www.au.edu

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi College (BSC)
Web: www.bsc.ac.th

Bangkok Thonburi University (BTC)
Web: www.bkkthon.ac.th

Bangkok University (BU)
Web: www.bu.ac.th

Bundit Boriharnthurakit College (BBC)
Web: www.bbc.ac.th

Chalermkanchana College (CKC)
Web: www.ckc.ac.th

Chalermkanchana Rayong College
Web: www.ckc.ac.th/rayong

Chaopraya University (CPU)
Web: www.cpu.ac.th

Chiang Rai College (CRC)
Web: www.crc.ac.th
Christian University of Thailand (CTU)
Web: www.christian.ac.th

Chulabhorn Graduade Institute (CGI)
Web: www.cgi.ac.th

College of Asian Scholars (CAS)
Web: www.cas.ac.th

Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU)
Web: www.dpu.ac.th

Dusit Thani College (DTC)
Web: www.dtc.ac.th

Eastern Asia University (EAU)
Web: www.eau.ac.th

The Far Eastern University (FEU)
Web: www.feu.ac.th

Hatyai University (HU)
Web: www.hu.ac.th

Huachiew Chalermprakiet University (HCU)
Web: www.hcu.ac.th

Institute of Technology Ayothaya (ITA)
Web: www.ayothaya.ac.th

International Buddhist College (IBC)
Web: www.ibc.ac.th

Kasem Bundit University (KBU)
Web: www.kbu.ac.th

Krirk University (KRU)
Web: www.krirk.ac.th

Lampang Inter-tech College (LIT)
Web: www.lit.ac.th

Lumnamping College (LPC)
Web: www.lpc.th.edu

Mahanakorn University of Technology (MUT)
Web: www.mut.ac.th

Mission College (MC)
Web: www.missioncollege.edu

Nakhon Ratchasima College (NMC)
Web: www.nmc.ac.th

North Bangkok College (NBC)
Web: www.northbkk.ac.th

North-Chiang Mai University (NCU)
Web: www.northcm.ac.th

North Eastern Polytechnic College (NPC)
Web: www.polytechnic.ac.th

North-Eastern University (NEU)
Web: www.neu.ac.th

Panyapiwat Institute of Technology (PIT)

Pathumthani University (PTU)
Web: www.ptu.ac.th

Payap University (PYU)
Web: www.payap.ac.th

Phanomwan College of Technology (PCT) 
Web: www.phanomwan.ac.th

Phitsanulok College (PLC)
Web: www.plc.ac.th

Rajapark College (RPC)
Web: www.rajapark.ac.th

Rangsit University (RSU)
Web: www.rsu.ac.th

Ratchaphruek College (RC)
Web: www.rc.ac.th


Ratchatani University (RTU)
Web: www.rtu.ac.th

Rattana Bundit University (RBU)
Web: www.rbac.ac.th
Saengtham College (STC)
Web: www.saengtham.ac.th

Saint John’s University (SJU)
Web: www.stjohn.ac.th

Saint Louis College (SLC)
Web: slc.saintlouis.or.th

Santapol College (SP)
Web: www.santapol.ac.th

Shinawatra University (SIU)
Web: www.shinawatra.ac.th

Siam Technology College
Web: www.siamtech-college.ac.th

Siam University (SU)
Web: www.siam.edu

South-East Asia University (SAU)
Web: www.sau.ac.th

Southeast Bangkok College (SBC)
Web: www.sbc.th.edu

Southern College of Technology (SCT)
Web: www.sct.ac.th

Sripatum University (SPU)
Web: www.spu.ac.th

Srisophon College (SSC)
Web: www.ssc.ac.th

Stamford International University (STIU)
Web: www.stamford.edu

St. Theresa Inti College (STIC)
Web: www.stic.ac.th

Tapee College (TPC)
Web: www.tapee.ac.th

Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (TNI)
Web: www.tni.ac.th

The University of Central Thailand (UCT) (Formerly known as Phakklang University)
Web: www.tuct.ac.th

Thonburi University (TRU)
Web: www.thonburi-u.ac.th

Thongsook College (TSC)
Web: www.thongsook.ac.th

University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC)
Web: www.utcc.ac.th

Vongchavalitkul University (VU)
Web: www.vu.ac.th
Webster University (Thailand) (WUT)
Web: www.webster.edu/thailand/

Western University (WTU)
Web: www.western.ac.th

Yala Islamic University (YIU)
Web: www.yiu.ac.th

Yonok University (YNU)
Web: www.yonok.ac.th
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