About the Program

To offer a generalist master’s program based on an interdisciplinary approach to international sustainable development. The aim is to build upon shared expertise in the Department of Development and Sustainability (DDS) and offering an academic program that has a broader scope than current academic offerings, which are very specialized. A broader and less specialized program will be especially attractive to institutions looking for managers with broad knowledge of development issues, and candidates who may not want to narrow their academic and research skills but rather get a broader understanding of development issues in the region.

 

The program also responds to the needs for capacity building regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asian region and beyond in ways these other programs do not since the concept of sustainability calls for expertise in both the environmental and social dimensions of long-term development.    

Why Study in the DS program

The main aim of the program is to target development managers and practitioners who need a broader understanding of development issues, and a more interdisciplinary learning experience, than the current program offerings allow.

 

More specifically, a broader program in Development and Sustainability would be appealing to government employees and managers, international organizations, NGOs and private research institutions, as well as academics working in development studies.

Coursework and Research

The DS program currently offers a Master of Science (M.Sc. – thesis or research study options) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD). 

The course credit requirements for each program are as follows:

Total Credits Course (Credits)

Department Wide Course

4
  • ED52.9003: Introduction to Development and Sustainability (2 credits)
  • ED52.9005: Research Design (2 credits)

DS Program Required Courses

4
  • ED84.01: Public Policy (2 credits)
  • ED84.02: Development Economics (2 credits)

Elective Courses

18
  • Maximum 4 credits of department-wide courses
  • Minimum of 3 credits and maximum 6 credits to be taken from courses offered under each program (GDS, NRM, UEM, RRDP) *
  • 3 credits can also be taken outside these four programs or department-wide courses **

Thesis/Research Option

22 Total number of thesis/research
48 Total number of credits for Master’s Degree Thesis Option
Total Credits Course (Credits)

Department Wide Course

4
  • ED52.9003: Introduction to Development and Sustainability (2 credits)
  • ED52.9005: Research Design (2 credits)

DS Program Required Courses

4
  • ED84.01: Public Policy (2 credits)
  • ED84.02: Development Economics (2 credits)

Elective Courses

30
  • Any other department-wide courses
  • Minimum of 3 credits and maximum 9 credits to be taken from courses offered under each program (GDS, NRM, UEM, RRDP) *
  • 6 credits can also be taken outside these four programs or department-wide courses **

Thesis/Research Option

10 Total number of thesis/research
48 Total number of credits for Master’s Degree Research Study Option

Elective Courses

18
  • Minimum 2 credits of DS program courses
  • Minimum of 2 credits and maximum 6 credits of department-wide courses
  • Minimum of 2 credits and maximum 6 credits to be taken from courses offered under each program (GDS, NRM, UEM, RRDP) *
  • 3 credits can also be taken outside these four programs, DS program courses and department-wide courses **

Thesis/Research Option

66Total number of thesis/research
84Total number of credits for PhD Degree
*  Gender and Development Studies (GDS), Natural Resources Management (NRM), Regional and Rural Development Planning (RRDP) and Urban Environmental Management (UEM)
** Including Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM) and other courses in SERD. This requires consultation with the student’s advisor.

Courses offered in the department tend to use a practical approach to learning. This include lab and team work and exercises, group presentations, seminars and discussions, and field trips. We also offer the possibility of taking an internship (usually with international organizations or NGOs) which can provide up to 3 credits of coursework equivalent. Finally there are several opportunities for student exchange programs.

For the master’s degree, research work for the thesis option normally requires one year, while research work in the research study option requires 4 to 6 months. The research study option requires 38 credits of coursework while the thesis option requires 26 credits of coursework. The thesis option is usually intended for those who will pursue careers in research work or continue towards doctoral studies.

Research Opportunity

Students can conduct their research work under the supervision of any faculty member from the four core programs (GDS, NRM, RRDP, UEM). A thesis or research study advisor will be selected based on the proposed topic of research and the related expertise of faculty members

Research proposals should include a development-related problematic and address either
(or both) social and environmental components of sustainability

Field trip to the Mae Sot area for a migration course
Field trip to Chanthaburi area for a NRM course

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