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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Program (Ph.D)
Joint Program between Faculty of Nursing and Ramathibodi School of  Nursing

Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital
, Mahidol University

            Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (International Program) emphasizes on self directed learning as well as the exchange of knowledge among the learner and resources both within and outside the country. The graduate from Ph.D. Program is expected to contribute the new knowledge significant to the discipline of nursing and gives the direction in building nursing theories to improve health and quality of life of the people. The graduates are also expected to be a highly qualified scholar who possesses ethical, moral characteristics and committed to the promotion of better life of the others.
  • Objectives
  • Admission
  • Curriculum Structure
  • Tuition Fee
  • Partnership School


  1. effective nursing scholars with expertise and professional ethics;
  2. able to produce high quality and ethical scientific research that contributes to the advancement of nursing and health;
  3. able to provide creative guidelines to improve health and better life of people;
  4. able to demonstrate good human relationship and accountability;
  5. able to disseminate, transmit, and exchange knowledge and utilize technology effectively with others both nationally and internationally





Admission Requirements

  1. Candidate must hold a Master's degree in nursing with GPA no less than 3.50 on a 4.00 scale;
  2. Currently hold RN license in his or her own country;
  3. Pass English Proficiency Examination arranged by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or other institutions certified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, or have a TOEFL paper-based score at least 500, TOEFL computer-based score of 173, TOEFL internet-based score of 64, or IELTS score of 5.5;
  4. Candidate who holds a Master's degree in related fields should attend at least two courses in nursing (Nursing theory course and Advanced Clinical Nursing course) and presents the proof of attending those courses with the application;
  5. For those who were not required to conduct a thesis for completion of master's program, they must have research publication in peer-reviewed journals;
  6. Other exceptions may be considered by the Program Administrative Committee and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Selection Method

  1. Pass written examination and/or interview arranged by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  2. Write a Statement of Professional Goals including, but not limited to, motivation for doctoral study, career goal and focus of doctoral research.
  3. Submit at least one example of their scholarly writing (published or unpublished). Example should demonstrate the conceptual as well as technical aspects of applicant's writing ability.
  4. Letters of recommendation from three persons knowledgeable about the applicant's potential for a research and scholarly work. (The first one is the employer, the second one was a former advisor).

Application Period of Admission

Applicants can apply for admission through out the year , but selection will be judged twice a year.



Curriculum Structure

The program is set according to the Ministry of Education Announcement entitled "Standard Criteria for Graduate Studies 2005" with specified Plan 2 curriculum as follows:

Required courses 13 credits
Elective courses no less than
(Concentration area)
6 credits
Dissertation 36 credits
Total 55 credits

Period of studies: 3 years, but not more than 5 years

Course syllabus



Tuition Fee

Education services
  Baht (1stsemester)
  3,050   Baht (2ndsemester)
Student activities


Graduate studies

Health Insurance (For Non-Thai Students 1,300 Baht/annually)

Thesis Registration
Research supplies fee

Financial Assistance:

For Thai students who dont receive scholarship from any institution may request scholarship from Mahidol University to decrease the Tuition fee from 9,000 Baht/credit but not less than 4,200 Baht. Scholarship from Mahidol University may be provided to some foreign students.





Partnership School

The current partnership schools include:

1. School of Nursing, University of Alberta,

Canada United States of America
1. School of Nursing, University of California at San Francisco
2. School of Nursing, University of Michigan
3. School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4. School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
5. School of Nursing, Yale University
6. School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
7. School of Nursing, University of Texas at San Antonio, U.S.A.
8. School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin–Madison
9. School of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago
10. School of Nursing, University of California at Los Angeles

1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Deakin University

Contact Persons

Yajai Sitthimongkol, RN, PhD
Associate Professor
Chair, PhD Program in Nursing
(International Program)
Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University
Tel: 419-7466 - 80 Ext. 1414
E mail:

Rutja Phuphaibul, RN, DNS
Co – Chair, PhD Program in Nursing
(International Program)
Ramathibodi School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
Tel: 201-1673 , 201-2013
E mail:



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