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Doctor of Philosophy (ASEAN Studies)

Ph.D. (ASEAN Studies)


Fostering Locality and Forwarding Globality for a Sustainable Society

CACS is committed to advancing scholarship and research on issues related to the three pillars of ASEAN community: ASEAN Political-Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community, and ASEAN Socio–Cultural Community.

Innovation, internationalization, partnership, and policy-oriented research are our key work areas.


Ph.D. in Research program

  • Dissertation 48 credits

Ph.D. in Coursework program

  • Dissertation 36 credits +
  • Coursework 12 credits

CACS seeks to admit the best students with the potential to make the most of our professional facilities and academic staff. In this section, you can find out the routes to apply to CACS and what to expect during this process. Beyond the university’s requirements, CACS also requires the following:

English Language Requirements :

     A minimum English proficiency score: only either a TOEFL (internet-based) score of at least 60 or an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0. These two scores are university requirements for obtaining the scholarship. However, CACS prefers either a TOEFL (internet-based) score of at least 79 or an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. Students who pass NU’s minimum English requirement but fail to meet CACS’s minimum English requirement must attend the English class provided free of charge by the NU Language Center until she/he receives the passing grade of level B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Supporting Documents:

     Ph.D. in Research program
    • Statement of purpose (1,000 words)
    • Research proposal (2,500 – 3,000 words)
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic institution and one from a former place of affiliation)
    • Curriculum Vitae
     Ph.D. in Coursework program
    • Statement of purpose (1,000 words)
    • Research proposal (1,500 – 2,000 words)
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic institution and one from a former place of affiliation)
    • Curriculum Vitae

Graduation Requirements:

    • 1 Research publication
    • 2 Research presentations
    • 80% of class attendance
    • Pass the qualifying examination
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methodology
  • Perspectives on the Dynamics of ASEAN Community
    Development and Sustainability
  • Advanced Techniques for Policy and Strategic Development
  • Human Resource Development and Labor Competence in ASEAN
  • Management in Natural Resources, Environment, and Energy in ASEAN
  • Poverty and Inequality in ASEAN
  • Governance and the Rise of Civil Society in ASEAN
  • Transportation and Logistics Development in ASEAN
  • Entrepreneurship in Creative and Knowledge-Based Economy
  • Tourism Marketing and Sustainable Tourism Development in ASEAN
  • Agricultural Development and Food Security in ASEAN
  • Public Management and Public Service Delivery Enhancement in ASEAN
  • ASEAN Community in Multicultural Context
  • Economic Growth and Stability in ASEAN
  • ASEAN Community and Regional Security

Applicant must hold a degree at the MSc/MA level in the social sciences or other relevant fields from an institution approved by the Office of the Higher Education Commission of Thailand.


We approach ASEAN issues through the framework of 3 different types of “capital,” pushed and pulled by forces both intrinsic and external to ASEAN and the region.

The Center of ASEAN Community Studies (CACS) hopes to equip our students with the knowledge and conceptual tools to understand the consequences of connectivity for ASEAN—and the wider world.

Teacher in charge of the course
Course President

Assist. Prof. Dr. Napisa Waitoolkiat

Course responsible person
  1. Assist. Prof. Dr. Napisa Waitoolkiat
  2. Honorary Assist. Prof. Dr. Katsuyuki Takahashi
  3. Dr.Atit Pongpanit
  4. Dr. Paul Wesley Chambers