Doctor of Philosophy Program

Peacebuilding

The program will consist of a rigorous study of the theoretical side of Peace Studies combined with experiential fieldwork in the area of conflict transformation and resolution. The objective of this program is to develop ways in which theory and practice can be combined in ways that provide a better and more cohesive grounding for both theoretical Peace Studies and actual Peace Studies.

Rather than being “study for study’s sake”, it will be “study for practice’s sake”. Thus, it is analogous to advanced academic programs provided by schools of medicine, social work, music, and architecture. Reflective study resulting in a thorough knowledge of theories of Peace Studies is the starting point of the program; this is then followed by and combined with critical evaluation and the development of new improved theories.

An important and distinguishing aspect of this program which differs from many other programs in the field of Peace Studies is the attention given to the relationship between “religiousness” and Peace Studies. One of the assumptions underlying the program’s emphasis on religious diversity and relationships is that religious and cultural dialogue can contribute to peaceful relations among different communities. Human “religiousness” can thus become a positive force for peace.

Doctor of Philosophy Proam in Peacebuilding (International Program)
Ph.D. (Peacebuilding)

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Accredited by CHECO on 26 May 2565

Revised curriculum 2020
Received approval from the University Board of Trustees at meeting 1/2563 on 15 February 2563.

Minimum Qualifications for Application

  • Master’s Degree (for two-year PhD study plan, the student is required to have a master’s degree in Peace Studies or related area)
  • 3 years of work experience
  • 550 TOEFL score (or equivalent) and English certificate. This is normally waived for students who have an international master’s degree.

The Ph.D. Program in Peacebuilding has 2 study plans (1.1: two-year program and 2.1: four-year program). It is an international program which uses English as the main language of instruction.

Study plan 1.1: The program has only dissertation research (48 credits)
Study plan 2.1: The program includes 24 credits of theoretical coursework, 3 credits of individual research, and 36 credits of dissertation.

Program Content

Study plan 1.1.
Year 1: Take Qualifying Examination, develop and defend a dissertation proposal relevant to the field of peace studies. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of theoretical knowledge and concepts underpinning peacebuilding and conflict resolution and capacity to design and conduct a research independently, ethically, and vigorously to generate new knowledge and creative solutions to ending violent conflicts and building peace.
Year 2: Write a dissertation, defend it, and graduate. Acquire knowledge, skills, and ethical character in analyzing and resolving conflicts and building peace as well as communicating research results effectively with the academic circle and the general community by presenting their research reports and publications that are nationally and internationally accepted.

Study plan 2.1.
Year 1: Acquire knowledge of various theoretical foundations for conflict resolution and peacebuilding including philosophy, cultural and religious dimensions of peacebuilding, human rights and contemporary issues in peacebuilding. Critically apply and reflect those theories in one’s own context and in research.
Year 2: Acquire knowledge of research methodology in peacebuilding, and develop deeper understanding of one’s own topic of interest relevant to conflict and peace.
Year 3: Develop a comprehensive understanding of theoretical knowledge and concepts underpinning peacebuilding and conflict resolution and capacity to design and conduct a research independently, ethically, and vigorously to generate new knowledge and creative solutions to ending violent conflicts and building peace.
Year 4: Write a dissertation, defend it, and graduate. Acquire knowledge, skills, and ethical character in analyzing and resolving conflicts and building peace as well as communicating research results effectively with the academic circle and the general community by presenting their research reports and publications that are nationally and internationally accepted.

Students who graduate from the Ph.D. Program in Peacebuilding will have the knowledge, competence, and skills to analyze conflicts and develop holistic peacebuilding approaches based on scientific research and deep understanding of the theoretical knowledge and concepts underpinning peacebuilding and conflict resolution, as well as the capacity to integrate and synthesize knowledge across disciplines, to communicate effectively with various groups and demonstrate ethical leadership and good character in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

  • Peace educator
  • Peace researcher, advisor (in conflict resolution, national and international human rights)
  • Leader/consultant for development work nationally and internationally
  • Social workers
  • Conflict mediator
  • Journalist 

Total expenses

For the entire 4 years course or 8 semesters:

Total: 733,100 baht. 

*Fees for thesis proposal and final defense are not included.

Study Plan

Plan 1.1

Year 1
Semester I (Aug – Dec)
Semester II (Jan – May)
PB 991 Dissertation Students take qualification exam in the beginning of the semester. Students must complete their proposal defense by the end of this semester.
PB 991 Dissertation
Year 2
Semester I (Aug – Dec)
Semester II (Jan – May)
PB 991 Dissertation
PB 991 Dissertation

Plan 2.1

Year 1
Semester I (Aug – Dec)
Semester II (Jan – May)
PB 804 Foundation of Peace Studies
PB 811 Cultural Dimensions of Peacebuilding
PB 821 “Religiousness” and Peacebuilding
PB 812 Peacebuilding as a Philosophical Enterprise
PB 839 Human Rights and Peacebuilding
PB 837 Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Peacebuilding
Year 2
Semester I (Aug – Dec)
Semester II (Jan – May)
PB 834 Research Methodology in Peacebuilding
PB 852 Individual Research (Students will have a qualifying examination at the end of this semester)
PB 838 Selected Reading in Peace Studies
Year 3
Semester I (Aug – Dec)
Semester II (Jan – May)
PB 992 Dissertation (Research proposal defense)
PB 992 Dissertation
Year 4
Semester I (Aug – Dec)
Semester II (Jan – May)
PB 992 Dissertation
PB 992 Dissertation

Instructors

Assoc.Prof.Dr.Mark Tamthai

Ph.D. in Logic and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University

Dr.Le Ngoc Bich Ly

Doctorate in Interreligious Studies, Gadjah Mada University

Dr.Rey Ty

Doctorate in Human Rights and Peace Education, Northern Illinois University

Dr.Mon Mon Myat

Ph.D. in Peacebuilding, Payap University

Contact us

Phone: 053 851 478 – 86, 053 241 255 Ext. 7881