PhD Plan 1.1 Research Mode

This study plan applies to students who have a MA Degree in Social Science or any related fields to International Development. A minimum of two years enrollment is required.

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Students on this plan must be responsible for passing the Qualifying Exam (QE) no later than Trimester 4. As the QE may only be attempted twice, the GRID program requires the first attempt to be conducted no later than Trimester 3.

The QE is divided into two main portions: 1) course content of four core MAIDS-GRID modules, and 2) application of learned theory to tentative research topic. In order to successfully pass the QE, then, it is highly recommended to sit in on the MAIDS-GRID core courses for a S/U score. Two of these core courses are offered per trimester in Trimesters 1 & 2.

However, if a student has graduated from the MAIDS MA Program, or another relevant Development Studies program, they are permitted to seek approval from their supervisor and the MAIDS-GRID Board of Directors to forego the course modules and instead begin supervised work on their dissertation. This can be on a part-time (3 credits, one course) or full-time (6 credits, 0 courses) basis.

It is therefore the responsibility of the student to ensure he/she is equipped to pass the QE without attending the core modules, and is subject to approval by the MAIDS-GRID Board of Directors. The student must submit the Course Waiver Request form, which can be accessed below.

The Proposal Defense Exam must be completed by the end of a student’s third year (Trimester 9 at the latest), but can only be requested after passing the QE. The GRID Program will allow proposal defense exams beginning in Trimester 2, upon the supervisor’s approval. Students must allow a 60-day period between the date their proposal is approved and the date of their final Dissertation Defense. Following the Dissertation Defense, students must allocate an appropriate amount of time to make revisions in response to comments by their committee. Therefore, in order to complete the GRID Program within 2 years, the student must be able to schedule their Dissertation Defense no later than the beginning of Trimester 6.


Program Fee Structure

Study Plan 1.1 is a two-year program, reflected in the program costs as outlined here. However, it is likely that students will need to attend for a third year at minimum. Therefore, the contingency costs of a third year in the GRID Program are included as shown.


Study Plan Structure

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Year 1, Trimester 1 [August - November]

2440826 Dissertation 6 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar* S/U

Domestic Field Trip

*Guided reading group

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Year 1, Trimester 2 [December - March]

2440826 Dissertation 6 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar* S/U

International Field Trip

*Guided writing group

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Year 1, Trimester 3 [April - July]

2440826 Dissertation 9 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar* S/U

2440897 Qualifying Exam

*Presentations on Research Progress

Notes:

If students have had their Course Waiver Request approved, the QE can be requested beginning in Trimester 1. After the student has completed the QE, he/she can apply for Proposal Defense in any following trimester (2-9).

However, if the student is taking coursework for a S/U score, he/she must wait until the following semester to request the QE.

Courses are waived on a trimester-basis, meaning that students can take courses only in the first trimester, only in the second trimester, or not at all.

Students are welcome to sit-in on all MAIDS courses, including electives.

Field trips are mandatory - if a student cannot attend, they must request permission from the MAIDS-GRID Board of Directors.


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Year 2, Trimester 4 [August - November]

2440826 Dissertation 9 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar S/U

+ Suggested Proposal Defense

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Year 2, Trimester 5 [December - March]

2440826 Dissertation 9 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar S/U

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Year 2, Trimester 6 [April - July]

2440826 Dissertation 9 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar S/U

+ Potential Dissertation Defense for completion of program in 2 years

Notes:

The Doctoral Seminars in Year 2 will be formatted as end-of-trimester presentations to the MAIDS (MA) students, providing an opportunity for GRID students to update their cohort on their research progress, receive feedback, and to help them remain on-track with their dissertation.


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Year 3, Trimester 7 [August - November]

2440826 Dissertation 6 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar S/U

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Year 3, Trimester 8 [December - March]

2440826 Dissertation 6 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar S/U

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Year 3, Trimester 9 [April - July]

2440826 Dissertation 6 credits

2440894 Doctoral Seminar S/U

+ Dissertation Defense

Notes:

The Proposal Defense must be completed and approved by the end of Year 3 (Trimester 9).


Program Extension Past Year 3

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If more time is needed to complete the dissertation, students may extend on a trimester-by-trimester basis.

Chulalongkorn University requires PhD students to complete their study program within a maximum of six years. Therefore, students must complete and pass their Dissertation Defense no later than Year 6 (Trimester 18). The earliest possible Dissertation Defense, upon approval of a student’s supervisor and as permitted by MAIDS-GRID, is within Trimesters 4-6, however the student must allocate an appropriate amount of time to make revisions in response to comments received at their Defense.


Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete 48 Credits (48 Credits from Dissertation. S/U Courses are also required - i.e. Doctoral Semina)

  2. Complete the QE prior to, or within, Trimester 4

  3. Pass the Proposal Defense Exam prior to, or within, Trimester 9 (Year 3)

  4. Pass the Dissertation Defense and submit completed dissertation prior to, or within, Trimester 18 (Year 6)

  5. Publication of at least 2 research articles, based on the student’s PhD Dissertation, in peer-reviewed academic journals, in international academic journals, or in the proceedings of an international academic conference at which the article was presented.