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PhD Curriculum

Doctor of Philosophy Programme in Translational Medicine (International Programme)
Curriculum Name  
Thai หลักสูตรปรัชญาดุษฎีบัณฑิต สาขาวิชาเวชศาสตร์ปริวรรต (หลักสูตรนานาชาติ)
English Doctoral of Philosophy Program in Translational Medicine (International Program)
Name of Degree and Major    
Full Title Thai: ปรัชญาดุษฎีบัณฑิต (เวชศาสตร์ปริวรรต)
  English: Doctor of Philosophy (Translational Medicine)
Abbreviation Thai: ปร.ด. (เวชศาสตร์ปริวรรต)
  English: Ph.D. (Translational Medicine)
 
Expected number of Students to be accepted year round : 3 Students

 

Admission Requirements

A Candidate Must:

Plan 1
Plan 1.1 Graduates with a master’s degree

1. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Biology or Health Science or with other majors from the institutes acknowledged by the Office of Higher EducationCommission (OHEC).
2. Grade point average at least 3.50.
3. English test score according to the requirement for English proficiency established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Mahidol University.
4. Have work experience as a university lecturer, medical doctor, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, researcher or who have experience in research area at least 2 years.
5. Have at least 3 research publications as a first author or corresponding author in internal peer reviewed journal or journals in ISI or Scopus or Medline database.
6. If an applicant does not meet the above criteria, but has other suitable qualifications and experience, may be considered to apply for admission by the Program Director and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Plan 1.2 Graduates with a bachelor degree
1. Graduated Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Pharmacy from the institutes acknowledged by the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC) with certificate of medical specialty specialization (Certificate of sub-specialty in the medical profession) from educational institutions either in Thailand or abroad, which are certified by the Thai Medical Council or Dental Council or Veterinary Medicine or Pharmacy Council.
2. Grade point average at least 3.50.
3. English test score according to the requirement for English proficiency established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Mahidol University.
4. Have work experience as a university lecturer, medical doctor, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, researcher or who have experience in research area at least 2 years.
5. Have at least 3 research publications as a first author or corresponding author in internal peer reviewed journal or journals in ISI or Scopus or Medline database.
6. If an applicant does not meet the above criteria, but has other suitable qualifications and experience, may be considered to apply for admission by the Program Director and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Plan 2
Plan 2.1 Graduates with a master’s degree in Translational Medicine

1. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Translational Medicine by the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC).
2. Grade point average at least 3.50.
3. English test score according to the requirement for English proficiency established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Mahidol University.
4. If an applicant does not meet the above criteria, but has other suitable qualifications and experience, may be considered to apply for admission by the Program Director and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Plan 2.1 Graduates with a master’s degree
1. Graduated with a Master’s degree in Biology or Health Science or with other majors from the institutes acknowledged by the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC).
2. Grade point average at leas 3.50.
3. English test score according to the requirement for English proficiency established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Mahidol University.
4. If an applicant does not meet the above criteria, but has other suitable qualifications and experience, may be considered to apply for admission by the Program Director and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Plan 2.2 Graduates with a bachelor degree
1. Graduated a Bachelor degree or enrolling in the last semester of Bachelor degree in Biology or Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or other related fields acknowledged by the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC). Grade point average at least 3.25.
2. Graduated Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Higher Education Commission-certified educational institutions, or study in the Mahidol University’s Ph.D. - M.D. medical scholar program (MSP) with a grade point average of at least 3.50.
3. English test score according to the requirement for English proficiency established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies Mahidol University.
4. If an applicant does not meet the above criteria, but has other suitable qualifications and experience, may be considered to apply for admission by the Program Director and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

 

Curriculum Structure

Plan 1

  Credit
1.1 For graduates with a master's degree
Dissertation 48
Total not less than 48
1.2 For graduates with a bachelor degree
Dissertation 72
Total not less than 72

Plan 2

  Credit
2.1 For graduates with a master's degree in Translational Medicine  
Pre-requisite Courses -
Required course 8
Elective course not less than 4
Dissertation 36
Total not less than 48
2.1 For graduates with a master's degree
Pre-requisite Courses audit
Required courses 8
Elective courses not less than 4
Dissertation 36
Total not less than 48
2.2 For graduates with a bachelor degree
Pre-requisite Courses -
Required courses 20
Elective courses not less than 4
Dissertation 48
Total not less than 7

 

Courses in the curriculum

Plan 1

1.1 For graduates with a master's degree

  Credits*
RATM 898 Dissertation 48(0-192-0)

1.2 For graduates with a bachelor degree

  Credits*
RATM 899 Dissertation 72(0-288-0)

Credits*: Credits (lecture – practice – self-study)

Note: Students are required to take the prerequisite courses for Translational Medicine, which cover basic knowledge of molecular biology, human physiology, human diseases, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

 

Plan 2

2.1 For graduates with a master's degree in Translational Medicine

  Credit*
Required courses (8 credits)
RATM 604 Analysis of Clinical Problems 2(2-0-4)
RATM 605 Advanced Research Skills and Laboratory Safety 2(1-2-3)
RATM 606 Critical Analysis of Biomedical and Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
RATM 607 Seminars in Biomedical and Translational Medicine 1(1-0-2)
RATM 610 Communication in Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
RATM 611 Coaching and Mentoring in Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
Elective courses (not less than 4 credits)
RATM 621 Principle of Clinical Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
RATM 622 Applied Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
RATM 623 Drug Discovery and Development 2(2-0-4)
RATM 624 Translational Physiology 2(2-0-4)
SCID 503 Systemic Bioscience 3(3-0-6)
SCID 506 Concept of Molecular Biosciences 2(2-0-4)
SCID 511 Gene Technology 1(0-2-1)
SCID 513 Animal Cell Culture Techniques 1(0-2-1)
SCPM 508 Special Topics in Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
SCPS 612 Current Topics in Cell Physiology 3(3-0-6)

Students can enroll for other elective courses conducted by Mahidol University or other universities, however with the approval of program committee or advisors.

Dissertation (36 credits)
RATM 699 Dissertation 36(0-144-0)

 2.1 Graduates with a master’s degree

    Credit*
Pre-required course (audit)
SCID 500    Cell and Molecular Biology 3(3-0-6)
RATM 511 Molecular Basis of Human Diseases 3(3-0-6)
RATM 512    Technology in Translational Medicine 3(3-0-6)
RATM 513 Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Translational Medicine 3(3-0-6)
Required Courses (8 credits)
RATM 604 Analysis of Clinical Problems 2(2-0-4)
RATM 605 Advanced Research Skills and Laboratory Safety 2(1-2-3)
RATM 606 Critical Analysis of Biomedical and Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
RATM 607 Seminars in Biomedical and Translational Medicine 1(1-0-2)
RATM 610 Communication in Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
RATM 611 Coaching and Mentoring in Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
Elective Courses (not less than 4 credits)  
RATM 621 Principle of Clinical Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
RATM 622 Applied Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
RATM 623 Drug Discovery and Development 2(2-0-4)
RATM 624 Translational Physiology 2(2-0-4)
SCID 503 Systemic Bioscience 3(3-0-6)
SCID 506 Concept of Molecular Biosciences 2(2-0-4)
SCID 511 Gene Technology 1(0-2-1)
SCID 513 Animal Cell Culture Techniques 1(0-2-1)
SCPM 508 Special Topics in Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
SCPS  612 Current Topics in Cell Physiology 3(3-0-6)
Students can enroll for other elective courses conducted by Mahidol University or other universities, however with the approval of program committee or advisors.
Dissertation (36 credits)  
RATM  699 Dissertation 36(0-144-0)

 2.2 Graduates with a bachelor degree

    Credit*
Requied Courses (20 credits)  
SCID 500 Cell and Molecular Biology 3(3-0-6)
RATM 511 Molecular Basis of Human Diseases 3(3-0-6)
RATM 512 Technology in Translational Medicine 3(3-0-6)
RATM 513 Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Translational Medicine 3(3-0-6)
RATM 604 Analysis of Clinical Problems 2(2-0-4)
RATM 605 Advanced Research Skills and Laboratory Safety 2(1-2-3)
RATM 606 Critical Analysis of Biomedical and Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
RATM 607 Seminars in Biomedical and Translational Medicine 1(1-0-2)
RATM 610 Communication in Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
RATM 611 Coaching and Mentoring in Translational Medicine Research 1(1-0-2)
Elective Courses (not less than 4 credits)  
RATM 621 Principle of Clinical Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
RATM 622 Applied Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
RATM 623 Drug Discovery and Development 2(2-0-4)
RATM 624 Translational Physiology 2(2-0-4)
SCID 503 Systemic Bioscience 3(3-0-6)
SCID 506 Concept of Molecular Biosciences 2(2-0-4)
SCID 511 Gene Technology 1(0-2-1)
SCID 513 Animal Cell Culture Techniques 1(0-2-1)
SCPM 508 Special Topics in Pharmacology 2(2-0-4)
SCPS 612 Current Topics in Cell Physiology 3(3-0-6)
Students can enroll for other elective courses conducted by Mahidol University or other universities, however with the approval of program committee or advisors.
Dissertation (48 credits)  
RATM 799 Dissertation 48(0-192-0)

Credits*: Credits (lecture – practice – self-study)

*  These may change in cases where there are suggestions for the improvement of the curriculum

Areas of study that a student may select for concentration :
           Pathogenesis of human disease; Genetics, Epigenomics, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, study of human disease; stem cell biology; Biochemistry; Microbiology; Pharmacology; Immunology; Physiology; Pharmacogenomics; Biomedical engineering; Bioinformatics; systems biology; molecular Epidemiology; ect.

 

Additional advantages of the programme
           our program is the first Ph.D. program focusing on translational medicine in Thailand. The program aims to decompartmentalize the traditional research training, where basic scientists are not generally trained to think of the clinical application of their work, and clinicians are often not taught to formulate research studies based on clinical observations. To achieve this, the students will be mentored by both scientists and clinicians to provide the opportunity to focus on the translation of scientific discoveries into the application of diagnosis, prognosis prediction, therapies and cures of human diseases. The curriculum offers a broad exposure to clinical medicine in multidisciplinary fashion in order to fit best with the interest, background and requirement of each student, as well as a strong foundation of knowledge in research design, methodology, and skill in writing proposal for competitive research funding. In addition, medical-related emerging fields such as pharmacogenomics, personalized medicine, and bioengineering etc., are open for those students who are interested in such area

 

Details of Scholarships
Scholarships are available for potential candidates upon the decision of administration program committee

 

Proposal / Concept Paper
           One A4 page personal statement covering your reason for choosing our program, your past achievement and future plan, and why you should receive a scholarship, if you plan to apply for one

 

Additional information for applicants

Please fill in online application from at the Faculty of Graduate Studies website

For more information please contact Program Coordinator

Email: ratransmed@mahidol.ac.th Tel: 02-201-0116 Fax: 02-201-1611

 

Application Process
Application is only available via online application at www.grad.mahidol.ac.th

 

Required Documents
Applicants must upload all documents via online admission system. All documents must be in
PDF format (maximum size 2 MB). Photograph must be in JPEG format.

- A recent photograph (1x1 inch in size)

- A copy of an applicant’s degree certificate or a letter of graduation certification (for an applicant with a degree completion)

- A letter certifying that an applicant is currently in the final year prior to graduation (for an applicant seeking for a degree)

- A detailed transcript of a degree (for an applicant with a degree completion)

- A grade report with course names and grades received from the first to the current semester prior to graduation

- A copy of identification card

- A copy of house registration certification

- A copy of Certificate of English proficiency : IELTS / TOEFL INTERNET BASED / TOEFL ITP

- A copy of proof of payment.

 

Job option after graduation

1. Scientists, researchers in medical sciences

2. Lecturers or instructors who work in government or private educational institutions experts or consultants in translational medicine

3. Owners or personnels of companies that need expertise in translational medicine

4. Managing directors for research projects conducted by Pharmaceutical and Biotechnological companies

 

Further information may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Studies, Translational Medicine :

1. Prof. Duangrurdee Wattanasirichaigoon, MD (E-mail: duangrurdee.wat@mahidol.ac.th)
Research Center, Floor 3, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital
Tel: 0 2201 0116, Fax: 0 2201 0116

2. Assoc.Prof. Natini Jinawath, MD, PhD, DABMG (E-mail: jnatini@hotmail.com)
Research Center, Floor 3, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital
Tel: 0 2201 2615, Fax: 0 2201 0116

Program Coordinator

Mrs. Piromporn Rojana (E-mail: ratransmed@mahidol.ac.th)
Research Center, Floor 3, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital
Tel: 0 2201 0116, Fax: 0 2201 0116

Office of Academic Affairs, Research, and Innovation

Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital. 270 Rama VI Rd., Ratchatewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand