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Course description

Southeast Asia is a region of diverse languages and cultures of numerous ethnic groups. The region is important historically and politically. Nowadays, Southeast Asia is becoming more and more influential in terms of economy, society, politics, education and technology. In Thailand, there is a policy to promote relations and cooperation with neighboring countries and hopefully move up on the ASEAN Community ranking to achieve prosperity and the exchange of knowledge in linguistics and cultures. To achieve that goal, the deepening of knowledge and understanding of the languages of neighboring countries is necessary. Moreover, the Thai government has issued a policy to improve the quality of life of the Thai people in all aspects of economy, society, and public health, which requires language skills as means to bring about deeper knowledge and understanding of different groups of people. The motto of the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia’ is “Language and culture are at the heart of sustainable development.” The institute is well prepared in terms of fundamental information, research, experience and personnel is implement the teaching and learning objectives of the curriculum. The most important mission of the Doctor of Philosophy Program in Linguistics is to produce graduates with a profound understanding and proficiency in the languages of various ethnic groups in Thailand and the languages of neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. The curriculum is designed to produce Ph.D. graduates with professional research skills in terms of language, culture, and development on the basis of morality and ethics, able to integrate various knowledge bodies and apply them to benefit graduate professional development and overcome corporate and social problems in the globalized world.

Course Highlights
  • Course content is up-to-date, covering the theory of linguistics and applied linguistics. Students can choose from a variety of specializations such as language technology, linguistics for sustainable education development, linguistics theories and schools of thought, and language and linguistics. Students can also choose to study in multidisciplinary topics.

  • The curriculum is flexible. It can be adjusted to suit both students and instructors in the form of a hybrid classroom.

  • The program encourages students to have direct experience in conducting research in languages and linguistics with guidance from instructors.
  • There is an opportunity for students to participate in foreign exchange programs.
  • There is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and keep abreast of research trends in language and linguistics with local and international experts.
  • Graduates will be able to apply the knowledge for the development of a multilingual and multicultural society and to promote the preservation of linguistic and cultural diversity on the national level and in the Asian region. This will lead to better understanding and respect for differences among groups in society.

Flat-rate fee

Paid per semester (in Baht)

Regular Program : 30,000 THB per semester

Remark : The expenditure is the same for all study plans, both for Thai and international students.

Total Expenses

Plan 1.1: 180,000 THB (3 academic years)
Plan 2.1: 180,000 THB (3 academic years)
Plan 2.2: 300,000 THB (5 academic years)

Related occupation

  1. Specialist in linguistics
  2. Researcher in linguistics
  3. Academics in public and private organizations
  4. Independent careers related to the field of linguistics.

Course structure

YearMaster's degree holders in linguistics,
advancing to doctoral studies
Master's degree holders in other fields
1Semester 1Semester 1
LCLG607 Seminar in Research Methodology*LCLG502 Phonetics and Phonology
Elective*LCLC505 Syntax
*LCLG525 Social Linguistics
*LCLG607 Seminar in Research Methodology
Semester 2Semester 2
LCLG608 Field Research Methods in Linguistics*LCLG532 Southeast Asian Linguistics
Elective*LCLG608 Field Research Methods in Linguistics
2Semester 1Semester 1
Qualifying ExaminationQualifying Examination
LCLG699 ThesisLCLG699 Thesis
Semester 2Semester 2
LCLG699 ThesisLCLG699 Thesis
3Semester 1Semester 1
LCLG699 ThesisLCLG699 Thesis
Semester 2Semester 2
LCLG699 ThesisLCLG699 Thesis
*No credits



  1. Consideration is based on application documents
  2. Examination of specific subjects of the course
  3. Interview

Application period

Admission Schedule Academic

Criteria for application

  1. IELTS 3.0
  2. TOEFL-iBT 32
  4. MU GRAD TEST 40

*Candidate must have a minimum English language score to apply. (for cases where there are no score, it will depend on consideration by the course committee)
**Non-Thai students must have Thai language test results according to the criteria set by the Graduate School.

  1. Applicant who has graduated with a bachelor's degree in linguistics or other related field to languages from institutions of higher education both in the country and abroad that are accredited by the Office of the Higher Education Commission must achieved cumulative grade point average in honor level.
  2. Applicant who has graduated with a master's degree in linguistics or a master's degree in other field related to language from an institution of higher education, either in the country or abroad, that is accredited by the Office of the Higher Education Commission must have a cumulative grade point average throughout the course of not less than 3.50.
  3. Applicant must have research experience in linguistics or related field of not less than 1 year, at least 1 published article in a national or international academic journal, or have experience in presenting an academic work on a national or international forum that has been published in meeting documents that have been evaluated by an assessor (peer review proceedings) at least 1 entry.
  4. Applicant who does not meet the above criteria may be considered for admission by the course committee and dean of the graduate school.
  5. Applicant must have the required English language proficiency according to the graduate school.

Application documents

  1. photograph
  2. copy of degree certificate/certificate of student status
  3. copy of transcript / grade report in English
  4. ID card copy
  5. copy of house registration
  6. evidence showing the request for documents or proof of delivery of academic results throughout the course (transcript) in English and in case of graduation abroad, please include certificate of equivalence of education qualifications.
  7. Statement of Purpose (if any)
  8. concept paper

Contact Information

Program Director
Assistant Professor Dr. Mayuree Thawornpat