Doctor of Philosophy in Music (PhD - Music)
– Research proposal: Submission of a formal written research proposal for the dissertation that includes the background and significance of the study, the objective(s) and benefits of the study, the scope and limitations of the topic, the literature review, the research methodology, and the bibliography
1. Written exam
Format: Written exam, 120 Minutes, essay questions (about 1 page per each essay)
Contents: Knowledge about research in musicology, common knowledge of Western music and Thai music history and theory, analysis of music pertaining to music of various contexts.
Music Education Major
1) Submission of a formal written research proposal for the dissertation that includes the background and significance of the study, the objective(s) and benefits of the study, the scope and limitations of the topic, the literature review, the research methodology, and the bibliography (written in an academic style) (Submitted with applicant form)
2) A 15-minute high-quality Video recording of the applicant teaching at least 2 students (Both the applicant and his/her students must be visible in the recording. It should be non-edited. Videos of poor audio or video quality will be rejected) (Submitted with applicant form)
3) A written lesson plan for the Video recording sample music teaching demonstration. Lesson plan should identify and explain class objectives, content, activities, materials, and assessment shown in the Video recording. (Submitted with applicant form)
Contents: Contents: Understanding of the scope of music education, fundamental music teaching and learning, music curriculums in Thailand and abroad, psychology of music teaching, principles and formats of music teaching, philosophy of music education, Assessment in music education, and knowledge of categories and scope of research in music education.
1) Written exam (150 minutes)
The applicant will be asked to write an assay that portrays his/her knowledge and understanding about music education. It must also reflect abilities to analyze, summarize, think critically, capture the key points, organize ideas systematically, and provide strong argumentation.
2) Group exam (120) minutes)
In the group exam, applicants will participate in group activities to share their ideas, experience, and attitudes on education, teaching, and working. It aims to test teachership, co-operation, communicative skills, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and leadership. Also, the applicant is required to present ideas and concepts of his/her thesis topic.
Remark: the applicant must prepare to present the plan of the teaching (as appearing in the DVD), his/her music-related work experience, and research topic which he/she is interested. The presentation will be approximately 15 minutes.
All incoming students must meet an English language requirement. Applicants can submit a copy of the score report from one of the following exams (or * from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University, Salaya campus).
|TEST||MU GRAD PLUS|
(MU GRAD Test + Speaking)
(Except Doctoral Level)
Graduate Diploma/ Masters/
Higher Graduate Diploma
W = Writing, S = Speaking
Music Theory and History Placement Exam
All incoming graduate* students are required to demonstrate general music proficiencies in basic music subjects, such as music theory and music history. For students that are unable to pass the exams, they must take additional review courses during the first year of study.
|Western Instruments||1. Western Music Theory 2. Western Music History|
|Thai/Eastern Instruments||1. Western Music Theory 2. Thai Music Theory and History|
|Jazz Instruments (M.M. and D.M.)||1. Jazz Proficiency Exam|
2. General Exam Information
- All new graduate students must take the proficiency exams, regardless of the student’s program or major prior to the Entrance Interview, with an exception of applicants in Music Business Major of the Master of Arts program.
- Students who do not pass the exam(s) must take the respective basic course(s), which will be assigned by the Admission committee.
- Students must take any assigned basic courses the first time they are offered and for zero credit hours.