Social Policy and Development

Why join SPD? 

We are an international bachelor programme of Thammasat University, taught in English and open to Thai and foreign students alike. Our current full-time foreign students come from Bhutan, Germany, Denmark, Malaysia, Myanmar, Japan, Taiwan, and the Republic of Korea. We prepare our students to join NGOs, charities, international organizations, academia or the public services by training them to be able decision makers aware of today's issues and tomorrow's solutions. 

Our faculty is located on Tha Prachan campus, offering to our students the chance to get the most of their years in our programme by enjoying the rich student life in between top-notch classes given by scholars from around the world.  


SPD prides itself to be a multidisciplinary programme that offers it student the chance to study a wide range of subjects in the span of 4 years. By the end of your formation, you will become an able and socially aware decision maker, capable to grasp quickly any issue coming your way and act decisively. 

Our curriculum reflects this objective. Each years, students will be introduced to more issues and more ways to approach them.  The list of courses is provided below, and a complete year plan 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 Legal System
Introduction to Sociology
Social Life Skill
Integrated Science of Sustainability
Communication Skills in English
Creativity and Communication
Fundamental 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, 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 the chance to study abroad for a semester during their second or third year. To be eligible, students need to have an average GPA above 2.8 and to have displayed during their studies a consistent commitment to their academic work. For 2016 and 2017, our SPD students have been exchange students at Lund University (Sweden) and Tilburg University (Netherlands). For information, 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 English and open to exchange students. For students in exchange in another faculty, they can still ask the international office of their faculty to join one of our classes (find the complete list here).


We strongly encourage all our students to join organizations of their choice as interns during the course of their study. Whether it is a short internship for the summer or a longer engagement during their studies, we can provide the right opportunities.

To facilitate the search for an internship, SPD has built a network of partners in a wide range of field who let us know whenever they need an extra pair of hands. Our list of partners include:

Tuition Fee

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

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 welcome students with third party scholarships and actively collaborates with their funders to ensure no issue arises during their studies.