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The Regulation of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi on
Graduate Studies B.E. 2547 (2004)
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The purpose is for the well-managed, efficient administration of Graduate Studies B.E. 2534 (1991) of the University. By virtue of clause 18(2) of the University Act B.E.2541 (1998), the University Council, KMUTT has enacted the Regulation of Graduate Studies B.E.2547 (2004), on the 10 th Day of September, B.E.2547 (2004), at the 70 th University Council meeting KMUTT, as follows:
     
   

CHAPTER 1

   

General Provisions

    Section 1  
This regulation is called the ‘Regulation of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi on Graduate Studies B.E.2547 (2004)’.
    Section 2  
This regulation is in force commencing in the academic year B.E.2547 (2004).
    Section 3  

All existing regulations, provisions, announcements and orders relating to those promulgated in this regulation or contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of this regulation are annulled and henceforth replaced by those in this regulation. The annulment includes measures or regulations for graduate studies in the following regulations;

The Regulation of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi on Graduate Studies B.E.2534 (1991)

The Regulation of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi on Graduate Studies (Issue 2) B.E. 2538 (1995)

The Regulation of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Thonburi on Graduate Studies (Issue 3) B.E. 2540 (1997)

    Section 4   In this regulation,
        University means
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi.
        University Council means
the University Council, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
        Chairman means
the Chairman of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
        President means
the President of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
        Graduate Studies means

the educational management of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi for Graduate Diplomas, Master’s Degrees, and Doctoral Degrees

        Faculty means
faculty, office, institute or equivalent unit which teaches graduate study programs under King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
        Department means
department, division or other location which teaches graduate study programs under King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. Furthermore, Department includes the Committee of the Program
        Dean means

dean of faculty, director of office, institute or equivalent unit which teaches graduate study programs, under King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi

        Program means
all curricular graduate programs approved by the University Council.
    Section 5  
The President of King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi oversees the application of this regulation and is authorized to formulate regulations, and announcements related to their application. The judgment of the President is considered final.
             
   

CHAPTER 2

   

Management of Educational System

    Section 6  

The educational system
The normal educational system is a two-semester system. The academic calendar consists of two semesters. Each semester is not less than 15 weeks. The summer session is scheduled to meet the requirements of each faculty and, as such, the study periods or duration and number of credits have an equivalent proportion to a regular semester.

    Section 7  

Credit evaluation
Credit means a unit which shows a quantity of study. Criterions which regulate credit of each course are as follows;

        7.1
Coursework - One credit equals lectures or discussions of not less than 15 hours per regular semester.
        7.2
Laboratory practice - One credit equals practice or experimentation of not less than 30 hours per regular semester.
        7.3
Training practice or field study - One credit equals practice of not less than 45 hours per regular semester.
        7.4
Thesis or Independent Study. One credit equals time spent conducting research of not less than 45 hours per regular semester.
    Section 8   Curriculum structure
        8.1

Graduate diploma program
The total coursework load is not less than 24 credits.

        8.2

Master’s degree program
The total coursework load is not less than 35 credits per semester. There are two plans for master’s degree programs;

          8.2.1 Plan A focuses on research and requires a thesis. Plan A is divided into two options.
           
Plan A (1) is a thesis only program totaling not less than 36 credits. Additional non-credit subjects or academic activities may be included without credit count, but they have to be accomplished as required by the program.
           
Plan A (2) consists of a thesis totaling not less than 12 credits, and coursework totaling not less than 12 credits.
          8.2.2
Plan B consists of coursework without doing a thesis; however, an independent study is required. The total independent study credits must not be less than 3 and not more than 6.
           
Choosing Plan A or Plan B or both has to be approved by the department and faculty. The number of credits in item 8.2.1 and 8.2.2 do not include those of the English course, which is a core fundamental course.
        8.3 Doctoral degree program
This program is divided into 2 plans, both focusing on research for the development of academic and professional individuals.
          8.3.1
Plan 1 consists of only doing research for a dissertation which initiates new principles or concepts. Additional non-credit subjects or academic activities are optional without credit count. Degree completion must conform to the requirements stipulated by the program as follows;

(1) For bachelor degree holders, the dissertation must be not less than 72 credits.

(2) For master’s degree holders, the dissertation must be not less than 48 credits.

The dissertations mentioned in item (1) and (2) have to be of the same quality and standard.
          8.3.2
Plan 2 consists of research for a dissertation of high quality which initiates a development in academia and/or for professional application, and additional coursework as follows;

(1) For bachelor degree holders, the dissertation must be not less than 48 credits, and the coursework must be not less than 24 credits.

(2) For master’s degree holders, the dissertation must be not less than 36 credits, and the coursework must be not less than 12 credits.
The dissertations mentioned in item (1) and (2) have to be of the same quality and standard.

If an applicant has experience in academic research, such as having a publication in a journal which has had a peer review, they will be allowed to register special study or other equivalent coursework not more than 6 credits instead of coursework.
    Section 9  

Each graduate study program must have at least 5 program instructors as follows;

        9.1
Graduate diplomas and master’s degree programs must have at least 2 instructors who hold a doctoral degree or have an academic title of not lower than an associate professor in that particular field or related field of study.
        9.2
Doctoral degree programs must have at least 3 instructors who hold a doctoral degree or have an academic title of not lower than professor in that particular field or related field of study.
 
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