PhD Plan 2.1 Research & Coursework Mode

This study plan applies to students who have a MA Degree in any related fields with a GPAX of at least 3.25. 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. Students are required to enroll in two core module courses during Trimester 1 and Trimester 2, scored on a S/U basis. In addition to compulsory courses, students are welcome to sit-in on all MAIDS courses, including electives.

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. Therefore, students on Plan 2.1 can request their Proposal Defense Exam beginning in Trimester 4. 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]

2440601: Development Theory and Practice: 3 credits

2440604: Research Methods in Development Studies: 3 credits

2440894: Doctoral Seminar*: S/U

Domestic Field Trip

*Guided reading group

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Year 1, Trimester 2 [December - March]

2440602: Globalization and Development in Asia & the Pacific: 3 credits

2440603: The Politics of Public Policy: 3 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

Note:

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

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: 9 credits

2440894: Doctoral Seminar: S/U

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Year 3, Trimester 8 [December - March]

2440826: Dissertation: 9 credits

2440894: Doctoral Seminar: S/U

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Year 3, Trimester 9 [April - July]

2440826: Dissertation: 9 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 (36 credits from Dissertation and 12 credits from compulsory courses. S/U Courses are also required - i.e. Doctoral Seminar)

  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.