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Ph.D. Teaching English as an International Language

The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Teaching English as an International Language embraces internationality and interdisciplinarity as its strengths. The program recognizes that English as an international language encompasses all varieties of English practiced in the global, regional and local contexts. It also offers interdisciplinary courses that investigate language teaching and acquisition, applied linguistics, discourse and society, translation, intercultural communication and instructional technology in diverse social settings. These philosophical strengths serve to enhance students’ language teaching and research potential for the development of English language instruction in Thailand and beyond.

The Program aims to produce graduates equipped with the following capabilities and qualities:

  1. Demonstrating an understanding of the philosophy, theories and significant concepts in English language teaching, keep abreast of academic advances, possess the ability to analyzeissues related to English language teachingand create high-level academic workto expand the body of knowledge inthis field;
  2. Being competent in conducting research to create a new body of knowledge and other innovations for the development of knowledge in English language teaching;
  3. Aptly and appropriately using information and social media technologies to facilitate classroom instruction and academic presentations, individually or as a group;
  4. Being responsible, adaptableand equipped with interpersonal communication skills and work cooperatively with others;
  5. Possessing leadership and problem-solving skillsand the ability to effectively articulate facts and opinions to experts and non-experts in English language teaching;
  6. Making appropriate choices to tackle complex ethical dilemmas in the academic and professional contexts;

Being on a continualquest for knowledge,professionally ethical, perseverant, disciplined, creative, open, broad-minded and constantly aware of the role of globalization in the teaching profession. 

  1. Applicants for the Ph.D. program (Track 1(1.1) and Track 2(2.1)must hold a Master’s Degree in any field of study from an academic institution accredited by the Office of the Higher Education Commission;
  2. Applicants for a combined M.A./Ph.D. program (Track 2(2.2) must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in any field of study from an academic institution accredited by the Office of the Higher Education Commission.

SELECTION CRITERIA/เกณฑ์การคัดเลือก

  1. All applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose in English and have an oral interview in English. 
  2. Applicants of Track 1(1.1) are required to submit a complete dissertation proposal for approval upon application and take an oral interview in English;
  3. Considerationfor applicants of Track 1(1.1) will be made based upon theapplicant’s excellent scholastic records, research background, dissertation proposal and/or English language proficiency;
  4. Considerations for applicants of Tracks 2(2.1) will be made based upon the applicant’s scholastic record; applicants of Track 2(2.2) must hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honors
  5. All applicants must obtain a TOEFL score of no less than 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (Internet-based) or an IELTS of no less than 6.0.

N.B.  All applicants must be interviewed in person. Applicants who reside outside Thailand at the time of application may be evaluated based on their provided documents and a teleconference interview.

  1. All applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose in English and have an oral interview in English.  
  2. Applicants of Track 1(1.1) are required to submit a complete dissertation proposal for approval upon application and take an oral interview in English;
  3. Consideration for applicants of Track 1(1.1) will be made based upon the applicant’s excellent scholastic records, research background, dissertation proposal and/or English language proficiency;
  4. Considerations for applicants of Tracks 2(2.1) will be made based upon the applicant’s scholastic record; applicants of Track 2(2.2) must hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honors.
  5. All applicants must obtain a TOEFL score of no less than 550 (paper-based) or 79-80 (Internet-based) or an IELTS of no less than 6.0. 

N.B. All applicants must be interviewed in person. Applicants who reside outside Thailand at the time of application may be evaluated based on their provided documents and a teleconference interview.

Graduates from this program will find employment in a number of professional careers such as:

1.   Lecturers at the higher educational level;

2   Researchers and academics;

3.   Policy makers on language and communication in public and private sectors;

4.   Communication officers e.g. corporate communication directors or liaison   directors.

Ph.D. in Teaching English as an International Language

1 st semester 80,000 Baht
2 nd semester 75,000 Baht
3 rd semester 38,000 Baht
4 th semester 57,000 Baht
5 th semester 78,000 Baht
6 th semester 78,000 Baht
7 th semester 42,000 Baht
Total 448,000 Baht
  1. Respect and follow professional disciplines and ethics in English Language Teaching
  2. Demonstrate open-mindednessand willingness to share intellectual knowledge and skills with others.
  3. Use digitalmedia and technologies for educational and research development.
  4. Explain major theories and issues in English and English Language Teaching.
  5. Critically appraise curriculum designs, teaching methodologies and assessments in different contexts of English Language Teaching.
  6. Apply theories to develop advanced research in English Language Teaching.
  7. Analyze and apply issues of English Language Teaching to suggest solutions to presented problems.
  8. Generate innovative ideas and adapt to constant changes at the regional and global levels.
  9. Work autonomously to develop lifelong-learning potential.

Study Plan

Total credits for the Ph.D. Program are 48 credits for dissertation.

Total credits for the Ph.D. program are 60 credits, including 6 credits for core courses, 6 credits for research methodology courses, 3 credits for seminar courses, 6 credits for an elective/directed studies course and 36 credits for dissertation.

Total credits for the Ph.D. program are 75 credits, including 6 credits for core courses, 6 credits for research methodology courses, 3 credits for seminar courses, 9 credits for elective/ directed studies courses and 48 credits for dissertation.

N.B. Any students of Track 2(2.2) who fail to meet the Ph.D. program graduation requirements may be granted an M.A. in Language and Communication on the condition that the student must have completed 6 credits of core courses, 6 credits of research methodology courses, 3 credits of seminar courses, 18 credits of elective/directed studies courses and 3 credits of independent study. The student must pass Qualifying Examination.

Program structure

Courses Track 1(1.1) Tract 2(2.1) Tract 2(2.2)
 A. Foundation Courses - 3 credits 6 credits
 B. Core Courses - 6 credits 6 credits
 C. Research Methodology - 6 credits 6 credits
 D. Seminar Courses - 3 credits 3 credits
 E. Elective/Directed Studies - 6 credits** 9 credits**
 F. Dissirtation 48 credits 36 credits 48 credits
 G. Qualifying Examination Required Required Required
Total 48 credits 60 credits 75 credits

*     1. Students may enroll for any Ph.D. elective courses, subject to the approval of their dessertation supervisors.
       2. Students may enroll for any Ph.D. elective courses in other schools of the Institution.

**   Students may enroll for any Ph.D. elective courses in other schools of the Institution.


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