Doctor of Philosophy Program in Microbiology and Immunology (International Program)

Name of the degree:

Doctor of Philosophy (Microbiology and Immunology)

Philosophy

Our program is committed to produce graduates that have the ability to integrate knowledge in the fields of Microbiology, Immunology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Bioinformatics and apply their knowledge and skills to create new scientific ideas and/or innovations. Our graduates are expected to be excellence in research, display leadership and work with professionalism, integrity and ethics.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs):

PEO 1: Work conscientiously with professional integrity and ethical standards.

PEO 2: Possess conceptual knowledge of Microbiology, Immunology and other related subjects and apply the knowledge when conducting scientific research.

PEO 3: Take the initiative in designing scientific experiments with critical and deep understanding of the research topic and generate new knowledge and/or innovations in the fields of Microbiology and Immunology.

PEO 4: Display leadership in the conduct of scientific research.

PEO 5: Analyze and process scientific data using appropriate statistical tools, and effectively convey the data using information and communication technologies.

Expected Learning Outcomes (ELOs) of the program

Graduates should be able to:

ELO 1: Demonstrate professional skills and ethical conduct

ELO 2: Efficiently communicate principle concepts of Microbiology/Immunology in written and oral format

ELO 3: Independently perform international-standard laboratory experiments in the field of Microbiology/ Immunology

ELO 4: Interpret, analyze, and describe research data especially in the field of Microbiology and Immunology

ELO 5: Formulate hypotheses and design relevant experiments based on information from credible scientific sources

ELO 6: Generate novel knowledge in the field of Microbiology and Immunology that is published in international journals

ELO Bloom’s Taxonomy Level PEO Knowledge Skills Application and responsibility AUN-QA
1 2 3 4 5 Hard Soft Specific Generic
ELO1 Application
ELO2 Evaluation
ELO3 Application
ELO4 Analysis
ELO 5 Syntdesis
ELO 6 Synthesis

Course-Program ELOs mapping

Course Code Course Name Credits ELOs
1 2 3 4 5 6
Require Courses
GRID 521 Research Ethics 1 R
SCID 502 Cell Science 2 R P
SCID 518 Generic skills in science research 1 I I
SCMI 514 Immunology 1 P R P
SCMI 518 Microbiology 3 R P
SCMI 624 Special Topics in Microbiology and Immunology I 1 P P
SCMI 625 Microbiology and Immunology Seminar I 1 R R R
SCMI 626 Special Topics in Microbiology and Immunology II 1 P R R
SCMI 627 Microbiology and Immunology Seminar II 1 R R R
SCMI 602† Advanced Immunology$ 3 R R R R
SCMI 605† Microbial Genetics$ 3 R R R R
SCMI 603† Advanced Parasitology$ 3 R R R R
SCMI 604† Advanced Virology$ 3 R R R R
SCMI 628† Microbiological and Immunological Research Innovation 1 R M M M
SCMI 799 Dissertation (for students holding a B.Sc.) 48 M M M M M M
SCMI 699† Dissertation (for students holding an M.Sc.) 36 M M M M M M
Elective Courses
SCID 500 Cell and Molecular Biology* 3 I
SCMI 511 Molecular Microbiology* 3 P P
SCMI 519† Techniques in Microbiological/Immunological Research* 1 P P I
SCMI 512 Molecular Sequence Analysis* 2 R P R
SCID 513 Animal Cell Culture techniques* 1 R P R
SCID 510 Immunological Methods* 1 R P R
SCID 511 Gene Technology 1 P P P
SCID 507† Microscopic Technique 1 R P R
SCID 508† Biomolecular and Spectroscopy Techniques 1 R P R
SCID 509† Separation Techniques 1 R P R
SCID 512† Receptor Binding and Enzyme Kinetic Assays 1 R P R
SCID 506† Concepts of Molecular Bioscience 1 R P R
SCID 514† Animal Experimentation in Biomedical Research 1 R P R
GRID 603 Biostatistics 3 R

All courses, except SCMI699, are opened to students with a bachelor's degree. Those labelled with “†” are offered to students with a Master’s degree as the minimum requirement. However, they can enroll in other courses offered by graduate programs of Mahidol University with approval from the program director, major advisor, or program administrative committee.

* = recommended elective courses

# = choose 1 out of 4

I = ELO is introduced and assessed

P = ELO is practiced and assessed

R = ELO is reinforced and assessed

M = Level of mastery is assessed

Course Code Course Name Credits ELOs
1 2 3 4 5 6
Basic Course
SCID 500 Cell and Molecular Biology* 3
Intermediate Courses
SCID 502 Cell Science 2
SCID 518 Generic Skills in Science Research 1
SCMI 514 Immunology 1
SCMI 518 Microbiology 3
SCMI 511 Molecular Microbiology* 3
SCMI 501 Techniques in Microbiological/Immunological Research* 1
GRID 521 Research Ethics 1
SCMI 519† Advanced techniques in Microbiological/Immunological Research* 1
SCMI 512 Molecular Sequence Analysis* 2
SCID 513 Animal Cell Culture techniques* 1
SCID 510 Immunological Methods* 1
Advanced Courses
SCMI 624 Special Topics in Microbiology and Immunology I 1
SCMI 625 Microbiology and Immunology Seminar I 1
SCMI 602† Advanced Immunology$ 3
SCMI 605† Microbial Genetics$ 3
SCMI 603† Advanced Parasitology$ 3
SCMI 604† Advanced Virology$ 3
SCMI 626 Special Topics in Microbiology and Immunology II 1
SCMI 627 Microbiology and Immunology Seminar II 1
SCMI 628† Microbiological and Immunological Research Innovation 1
Qualifying Examination (QE)
Doctoral Degree Thesis Proposal
SCMI 799 Dissertation 48
SCMI 699† Dissertation 36

All courses, except SCMI699, are opened to students with a bachelor's degree. Those labelled with “†” are offered to students with a Master’s degree as the minimum requirement. However, they can enroll in other courses offered by graduate programs of Mahidol University with approval from the program director, major advisor, or program administrative committee.

$ = for students with a bachelor's degree, choose 2 out of 4; for students with a Master’s degree, choose 1 out of 4

* = recommended elective courses

◯ = Course outcomes, contents, teaching and learning approaches are partially aligned with the indicated ELO at the basic level

◐ = Course outcomes, contents, teaching and learning approaches are partially aligned with the indicated ELO at the intermediate level

⬤ = Course outcomes, contents, teaching and learning approaches are fully aligned with the indicated ELO

Admission Requirement

Hold a B.Sc. or an M.Sc degree or equivalent in one of the following areas or related fields: Microbiology, Immunology, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Public Health, Food Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, and Biosciences, with a GPA of ≥ 3.5 from institutions recognized by Office of the Higher Education Commission

If English is not your first language, you are required to provide an official language certification taken within the last 2 years to demonstrate your proficiency in English at the level set by the Faculty of Graduate studies, Mahidol University.

  • IELTS (score of at least 3)
  • TOEFL-IBT (score of at least 32)
  • TOEFL-IPT (score of at least 400, by Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University)
  • MU GRAD TEST (score of at least 36)

Applicants whose credentials differ from the above requirements may apply to the program upon the permission of the Administrative Program Committee in concurrence with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate studies.

Selection Method:

Applicants are selected based on academic and research credentials and are interviewed by the faculty members of the department. International students will be interviewed online by appointed faculty members of the department and must provide a proof of financial support during the study period. Final judgement will be made under the consideration of the Administrative Program Committee in concurrence with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate studies.

Academic System

Semester System

Semester

Credit Assignment:

The number of credits (lecture–lab–self study) assigned to each learning activity is as follows:

  • One credit of lecture or discussion is equal to 15 hours per semester
  • One credit of laboratory or practice is equal to 30 hours per semester
  • One credit of thesis is equal to 45 hours per semester

Program structure for students from B.Sc.:

Curriculum Structure (according to the Ministry of Education Announcement titled “Standard Criteria for Graduate Studies 2005”, with specified plan A(2) curriculum):

  • Required Courses 19 credits
  • Elective Courses at least 5 credits
  • Dissertation 48 credits
  • Total no less than 72 credits

Duration of the program

5 years

Study Plan

Year Semester 1 Semester 2
1 SCID 502 Cell Science 2(2-0-4) GRID 521 Research Ethics 1(0-3-1)
SCID 502 Generic skill
in Science Research
1(1-0-2) SCMI 602 Advanced
Immunology
3(3-0-6)*
SCMI 514 Immunology 1(1-0-2) SCMI 605 Microbial
Genetics
3(3-0-6)*
SCMI 518 Microbiology,Elective
Courses
3(3-0-6) SCMI 624 Special Topics
in Microbiology and Immunology
1(1-0-2)
Elective
Courses
3 credits SCMI 625 Microbiology
and Immunology Seminar
1(1-0-2)
Elective
Courses
1 credit
Total 10 credits Total 4-10 credits
Summer
SCMI 603 Advanced Parasitology 3(3-0-6)*
SCMI 604 Advanced Virology 3(3-0-6)*
Total 0-6 credits
2 SCMI 626 Special Topics
in Microbiology and Immunology II
1(1-0-2) SCMI 799 Dissertation 6(0-18-0)
SCMI 627 Microbiology
and Immunology Seminar II
1(1-0-2)
SCMI 628 Microbiogical/Immunological
Research Innovation
1(1-0-2)
Elective Course 1 credit
Qualifying
Examination
Total 4 credits Total 6 credits
3 SCMI 799 Dissertation 7(0-21-0) SCMI 799 Dissertation 7(0-21-0)
Total 7 credits Total 7 credits
4 SCMI 799 Dissertation 7(0-21-0) SCMI 799 Dissertation 7(0-21-0)
Total 7 credits Total 7 credits
5 SCMI 799 Dissertation 7(0-21-0) SCMI 799 Dissertation 7(0-21-0)
Total 7 credits Total 7 credits

* Students select to enroll 1 of these 4 courses.

Course sequence

Ph.D. curriculum structure for students from a B.Sc. Some of the courses may need the foundation or knowledge provided by earlier courses as indicated by the red arrows.

Program structure students from M.Sc.:

Curriculum Structure (according to the Ministry of Education Announcement titled “Standard Criteria for Graduate Studies 2005”, with specified plan A(2) curriculum):

  • Required Courses 7 credits
  • Elective Courses at least 5 credits
  • Dissertation 36 credits
  • Total no less than 48 credits

Duration of the program

3 years

Study Plan

Year Semester 1 Semester 2
1 Elective Courses 5 credits SCMI 602 Advanced Immunology 3(3-0-6)*
SCMI 605 Microbial Genetics 3(3-0-6)*
Total 5 credits Total 0-6 credits
Summer
SCMI 603 Advanced Parasitology 3(3-0-6)*
SCMI 604 Advanced Virology 3(3-0-6)*
2 SCMI 628 Microbiogical/Immunological Research Innovation 1(1-0-2) SCMI 699 Dissertation 9(0-27-0)
Qualifying
Examination
SCMI 699 Dissertation 9(0-27-0)
Total 10 credits Total 6 credits
3 SCMI 699 Dissertation 9(0-27-0) SCMI 699 Dissertation 9(0-27-0)
Total 9 credits Total 9 credits

* Students select to enroll 1 of these 4 courses.

Course Sequence

Ph.D. curriculum structure for students from an M.Sc. Some of the courses may need the foundation or knowledge provided by earlier courses as indicated by the red arrows.

Language

English is used in teaching, learning as well as in the assessment processes.

Registration

Students must register as full-time students.

In each semester of their academic year, students must register for no less than credits assigned in the study plan and no more than 15 credits per semester. The exemption can be made by the Program Director.

Evaluation and Graduation Requirements

Evaluation

Student evaluation is in accordance with the rules and regulations of Mahidol University. (See http://www.grad.mahidol.ac.th for details)

Graduation Requirements

All students must:

  • Students holding a bachelor’s degree must register for no less than 24 credits of coursework and 48 credits of thesis. Total credits acquired must be no less than 72 credits
  • Students holding a master’s degree must register for no less than 12 credits of coursework and 36 credits of thesis. Total credits acquired must be no less than 48 credits
  • All students must:
    • obtain an accumulative GPA of at least 3.00
    • meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University
    • pass a written qualifying examination
    • pass the professional and personal skills development according to the rules and regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University
    • present their thesis and pass the oral thesis examination according to the regulations of Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University
    • obtain at least one publication or a manuscript that has been accepted for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal according to regulations of Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University

Contact

  • Dr. Suradej Siripattanapipong
    Ph.D. and MS.C Program Director
    E-Mail : Suradej.sir@mahidol.ac.th
  • Department of Microbiology
    Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Rama VI Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
    Phone : (662) 201-5673 Fax : (662) 644-5411
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Mahidol University
    Phone : (662) 441-4125 Fax : (662), 441-9737