PhD Program

PhD in Public Policy

A world class graduate degree in public policy.

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Introduction to PhD in Public Policy


    The PhD program trains new policy scholars in cutting-edge techniques for policy analysis. Methods include dynamic systems modeling, content analysis using software, network analysis, large-scale online surveys, and various quasi-experimental approaches. Conceptual frameworks include policy systems, policy narratives, institutional analysis, social-ecological systems, communication and behavioral psychology, complexity theory, and deliberative democracy.

    Our PhD supervisors are highly interdisciplinary scholars who can supervise topics such as urban management, e-governance, sustainability sciences, energy policies, earth system governance, economic development, and ASEAN integration. All academics have degrees from world’s top-ranking universities and are very active in real policy work with governments, policy think-tanks, civil society organizations, and international institutions such as the World Bank, the EU, Stockholm Environment Institute, UNDP, and ASEAN

    Students will have great opportunities to travel for academic conferences, to join vibrant research teams of the School, to practice teaching, and to learn the ropes of proposal writing and authoring publications. International students have a wonderful base from which to explore and study Thailand and Asia, the rising region in the world today

    Application: From 5th January 2018 to 28th February 2018 (1st Round)
    For enquiries contact: ora-orn.p@cmu.ac.th

Degree Plans for PhD in Public Policy


Plan Plan 1
Thesis only
Plan 2
Coursework + Thesis
Coursework N/A 4 Compulsory courses
(12 credits)
Theories of Public Policy
Qualitative Research Methods for Policy Analysis
Quantitative Research Methods for Policy Analysis
Seminars in Public Policy
Thesis PhD Thesis (48 credits) PhD Thesis (36 credits)
Total credits 48 credits 48 credits
Duration of study 3 years 4 years
Fee/ course 480,000 baht 720,000 baht

Key Facts


3-4 Years (with option of thesis only or thesis + coursework)

Expert supervisors with excellent publication records and practical experience

Intensive training in research design and methods

Low tuition costs: 480,000 Baht (ca. 13,000 USD) for thesis only option, or 720,000 Baht (ca. 22,000 USD) for thesis and coursework pathway.

Scholarships available

PhD in Public Policy Course Description


Code Course
950801

Theories of Public Policy

Introduction to policy science, Evolution of the public policy field, Public policy analysis, Institutional theory, Multiple streams framework, Advocacy Coalition Framework, Policy systems and subsystems, Policy change, Policy transfer and diffusion, Public choice theory, Policy networks, Actor network theory, and Comparative Policy Analysis

950802

Qualitative Research Methods for Policy Analysis

Introduction to qualitative research methods, Ontology and Epistemology, Validity and Reliability and the Role of Theory, Designing Qualitative & Mixed Methods Research, Data Sources, Measurement and Qualitative Data Collection Tools, Designing Questions for Interview and Survey Techniques, Fieldwork Strategies and Ethics for Research, Case Study Research, Mixing Data and Triangulation, Narratives, Grounded Theory, Types of Qualitative Data Analyses, Coding Qualitative Data, Quantitative Techniques for Qualitative Data Analysis, Writing Up Qualitative & Mixed Research, and Theoretical debates,issues and ethical dilemmas of qualitative research

950803

Quantitative Research Methods for Policy Analysis

Basic methodologies used in quantitative social description. The role of quantitative analysis in public policy analysis and evaluation, Quantitative research design, Data Collection and Measurement, Data Description: Descriptive statistics; measures of dispersion, Probability: Different quantitative techniques; introduction to statistical inference, Hypothesis Testing: Null hypothesis; logic of testing; sample t test, Cross-Tabulation: Comparisons of group means; cross-tabs; Chi2 statistics, Correlation and Introduction to Regression Basic concepts; correlation; bivariate regression, Assumptions of Regression Analysis: 5 classical assumptions; properties of an estimator, Multiple Regressions: Extension of bivariate model; partial slope coefficients, Time Series Analysis: An Introduction, Basic Regression Analysis with Time Series Data, Conducting empirical policy analysis

950804

Seminar in Public Policy

Introduction to wicked problems and public policy, System thinking and evidence-based public policy Politics of public policy, Public policy and international relations, Sustainable development goals and public policy, Issues and challenges in environmental policy, Issues and challenges in urban management policy, Issues and challenges in digital and governance policy,Contemporary issues in public policy.



PhD Supervisors


Dr. Ora-orn Poocharoen

DR. LOUIS LEBEL

DR. POON THIENGBURANATHUM

DR. PANOM GUNAWONG

DR. PIYAPONG BOOSSABONG

DR. PHIMPHAKAN LEBEL

DR. POBSOOK CHAMCHONG

DR. PRUK AGGARANGSI

DR. SIRIWUT BURANAPIN

DR. PITIPONG YODMONGKOL

DR. PRASIT WANGPAKAPATTANAWONG

DR. MALINEE KHUMSUPA

DR. PATAMAWADEE JONGRUCK

DR. TAWEE CHAIPIMONPLIN

DR. PRANOM TANSUKANUN

MR. WONGKOT WONGSAPAI

DR. KAMONPHORN KANCHANA

DR. YANIN CHIVAKIDAKARN HUYAKORN

DR. PAIRACH PIBOONRUNGROJ

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