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Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Introduction

The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Music offers two study areas: Musicology and Music Education. The Musicology major aims to produce an exceptional music scholar proficient with the knowledge of both Western and Eastern Music, a wise researcher who can combine sciences of different disciplines and cultural diversities to bring about new understandings for society and humanity, and a skillful teacher who is able to integrate knowledge, contexts, and technology to achieve the highest outcomes of musicological study. The Music Education major pursues the goal of creating a visionary music educator who is concerned with the present and future of music education, a creative teacher who understands significant music education disciplines and is able to design the best method of teaching and learning for students with various backgrounds and abilities, and a developer who initiates the growth in music education and possesses the skills for educational administration. Ph.D. students in both areas will demonstrate their excellence through public presentation, both written and oral, at the national and international levels.


Program Length

Coursework 1 Years
Dissertation 2 Years
Total 3 Years

Overall Program Structure

Both majors in the PhD program use the following program structure:

Course Type Credits
Basic Courses 0 Credits
Core Courses 6 Credits
Required Courses 6 Credits
Elective Courses 4 Credits (minimum)
Dissertation 36 Credits
Total not less than 52 Credits


For students who do not pass the required entrance exams, the general basic courses will be assigned, and are taken for zero credit.


In a PhD [and DM] dissertation, a student / researcher has conducted a systematic research which presents new knowledge, which is correct and has depth, while using a thorough academic methodology.

Work-Study Trip

All students will attend an international academic work-study trip to a conference or other major event in their area of study.

Majors แผนการเรียน Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6 Totals
Musicology Plan A 135,300 83,600 169,500 32,600 33,300 32,600 486,900
Music Education Plan A 135,300 83,600 169,500 32,600 33,300 32,600 486,900

Entrance Qualifications

Students must have a Master’s degree or equivalent in music (or are in the final semester of study) from an accredited university in or outside of Thailand and have a GPA of not less than 3.5

Admissions Requirements

  • Written exam in the major of study
  • English Proficiency (TOEFL, etc.)

English Proficiency test
IELTS  not less than 5   or
TOEFL-IBT  not less than 61 or
TOEFL-ITP  not less than 500

**More Information please contact
Admissions: Tel. 0 2800 2525 Ext. 1109 / 1128
Academics: Tel 0 2800 2525 Ext. 1124
Faculty of Graduate Studies:  www.grad.mahidol.ac.th