Thai Education System
General education policy is under the purview of the national Ministry of Education (MOE), which oversees basic, vocational and higher education, with the majority of public (and private) education institutions falling under its remit. Specialized higher education institutions are the exception as they may be under the jurisdiction of other governmental departments, such as the Ministry of Public Health (source; wenr.wes.org).
Secondary education, for children aged 12 to 18, is divided into 2 cycles:
- lower secondary education (Matayom 1-3/Grade 7-9); and
- senior secondary education (Matayom 4-6/Grade 10-12).
Admission to Higher Education
A Certificate of Secondary Education or a Certificate in Vocational Education is required to be admitted into higher education. Candidates may apply to 5 faculties at either one or several universities. Admission depends on whether the applicant’s results comply with the chosen university’s standard requirements. The Central University Admission System (CUAS) has been in force since 2006. To be admitted to university, students need to take an entrance examination. (Source: Nuffic)
Higher Education system
Higher education in Thailand is provided at universities, technical institutes, professional and technical colleges, and teachers’ colleges. Higher education in Thailand is divided between 2 types of institutions. Firstly, institutions which fall under the Ministry of Education, such as state universities and private institutions for higher education, technical/professional and agricultural institutions, and teacher training colleges. Secondly, specialized training institutions which fall under various ministries or government organizations.
Bachelor Most bachelor’s programs take 4 years to complete. Some programs take 5 years to complete (architecture, art, graphic art, and pharmacy). Medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine programs take 6 years of study.
Master’s degree programs usually take 2 years. A bachelor’s degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3 is required for admission to the master.
A master’s degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 is required for admission to the PhD phase. The doctoral degree (PhD) requires 2 years of study