International Development Studies

Chulalongkorn University

12 months
6128 USD/year
6128 USD/year
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The Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in International Development Studies Program (MAIDS-GRID) is the first of its kind at Chulalongkorn University.

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This is a unique program in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and was established in 2003 by the Centre for Social Development Studies (CSDS). The Program and the Centre are both housed in the Faculty of Political Science. We are the first graduate program in Thailand offering MA & PhD in International Development Studies

Why study International Development Studies at Chulalongkorn University?

The are various challenges that impact development, including poverty, environmental degradation and access to resources, dislocation of people, and political conflict, which challenge policymakers, academics, civil society, and the private sector worldwide. 

Institutions of higher learning in Southeast Asia have a great responsibility to establish programs that base international development in the context of development practice itself. The MAIDS-GRID Program, situated in Thailand, is geographically central within ASEAN and Asia and leverages access to local, regional, and global organizations based in Bangkok and beyond.

We aim to:
  • Build students' academic knowledge, research skills and critical thinking on international development studies
  • Promote a multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approach to international development studies that links theory to praxis
  • Support the development of students' careers through helping build their relationships with networks of academics, organizations and practitioners working locally, regionally and internationally
  • Enable students to gain practical experience in development through internships, field visits, and projects based in the community.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Development Theory and Practice
  • Globalization and Development in Asia and the Pacific
  • Politics of Public Policy
  • Research Methodology in Development Studies
  • Communication, Democratization, and Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Development Project Management
  • Human Rights and Gender Problems in Asia and the Pacific
  • Migration as a Development Issue
  • Selected Topics in Development and Economy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Development Practicum.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
61 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should possess, or expect shortly to obtain, an undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, in social sciences. Applicants should also have work or volunteer experience in international development. Mature students, NGO workers, and junior to middle level government officials, with experience in development, are encouraged to apply. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6128 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6128 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    6128 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6128 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.

University Tuition for National Students:

  • Registration Fee: 195,000 THB
  • University Fees: 69,000 THB
  • Field Trip Fee: 15,000 THB

Total = 279,000 THB

University Tuition for International Students:

  • Registration Fee: 195,000 THB
  • University Fees: 240,000 THB
  • Field Trip Fee: 15,000 THB

Total = 450,000 THB


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