Social Policy and Development

Why join the SPD? 

The SPD is an international bachelor's programme of Thammasat University. The programme is entirely taught in English and is open to both Thai and foreign students. Our current full-time foreign students come from Bhutan, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Malaysia, Myanmar, Japan, Taiwan, and the Republic of Korea. We prepare our students to work for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), charities, international organisations, academia or the public services by training them to become decision-makers who are aware of today's problems and tomorrow's solutions. 

Our faculty is located in the Tha Prachan campus, which offers our students the chance to get the most of their years in our programme. As a result, SPD students are able to enjoy a rich student life while taking part in top-notch classes taught by scholars from around the world.  


SPD prides itself to be a multidisciplinary programme that offers its students a wide range of subjects in the span of 4 years. By the end of the programme, you will be a socially aware decision-maker who is capable of quickly grasping any issues coming your way and acting decisively and responsibly. 

Our curriculum reflects this objective. Each year, students will be introduced to different social problems and the ways to approach them.  The list of courses is provided below, and a complete description of all classes can be found here

Year 1

Civic Education
Thailand, ASEAN and the World
Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing
Introduction to Law and the Legal System
Introduction to Sociology
Social Life Skills
Integrated Science of Sustainability
Communication Skills in English
Creativity and Communication
Fundamentals of Religion and Philosophy
General Psychology

TU 100
TU 101
TU 104
LA 100
SO 201
TU 102
TU 103
TU 105
TU 106
TU 113
PY 211

Year 2 

Paragraph Writing
Introductory Economics
Introduction to Political Science
Human Behaviour in Social Environment
Social Change & Social Problems
Gender, Race and Class in Multicultural Society
Social Research & Statistics
Welfare Economics
Theories of Social Policy & Development

EG 231
EC 210
PO 211
SPD 201
SPD 202
SPD 208    
SPD 203    
SPD 209  
SPD 307

Year 3

Direct Intervention
Qualitative Social Research
Management & Financing in Development & Welfare Organizations
Analysis & Evaluation of Development & Welfare Programmes
Comparative Welfare States
Globalization and International Development Paradigms
Socio-Political Economies of Global Communities
Welfare Policies & Development in ASEAN
International Organizations and Human Rights
Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Strategic Communication for Social Change

Professional Internship 

SPD 305
SPD 304
SPD 306
SPD 310
SPD 312
SPD 311
SPD 313
SPD 314
SPD 315
SPD 416
SPD 417

TU 399

Year 4

Development and Social Welfare Project

Transnational Corporations and Labor Welfare
Disaster Management & Social Intervention
Crime and Correction Theories
Introduction to Gerontology
Globalization and Child Family Welfare
Social Epidemiology, Health Ecology and Health Welfare System 

SPD 419
SPD 418

SPD 440
SPD 441
SPD 442
SPD 443
SPD 444
SPD 445

For students with sufficient grades: Exchange Semester Abroad

Student Exchange

SPD programme offers its students a chance to study abroad for one semester during their second or third year. To be eligible for the exchange programme, students will need to have an average GPA higher than 2.8. In addition, students will need have displayed consistent commitment to their academic work during their studies. In 2016 and 2017 our students have been exchange students at Lund University (Sweden) and Tilburg University (Netherlands). The complete list of Thammasat's partner universities can be found here

SPD programme also receives exchange students from our partner universities. In the recent years, we have hosted students from Japan, Mexico, Sweden, the United States -  and the list keeps growing. All our courses are in taught in English and are open to exchange students. Exchange students who wish to register SPD courses, but who are enrolled at another faculty at Thammasat University can contact the International Office of their respective faculties. The complete list of courses can be found here.


The TU 399 Professional Internship is a mandatory component of the SPD programme for third year students. To secure a placement for all students, the SPD has several partnerships with various different organizations who have committed to host SPD interns during the summer internship program. Whether it is a short internship for the summer or a longer engagement during their studies, we can provide the right opportunities.

Some of our partners include:

In addition to the TU 399, the SPD strongly encourages all students and alumni to take part in internships and is in regular contact with partners regarding vacant internship positions. Please contact the SPD office to know more about potential available internships. 

If you or your organization are interested in hosting SPD interns, please contact the SPD at 

Tuition Fees

The figures announced here are for information only and might be subject to change. Please contact us directly for any further inquiries. 

The tuition fee for Thai students is 70 000 baht per semester, for a total of 560 000 baht for 4 years. 

The tuition fee for foreign students is 92 000 baht per semester, for a total of 740 000 baht for 4 years. 

The SPD programme currently does not offer scholarships, but welcomes students with third-party scholarships and actively collaborates with their sponsors to facilitate a smooth operation of the studies of students with separate scholarships.