APMA Program at Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University


Applications for the Master of Arts in Human Rights and Democratisation (APMA, formerly known as the MHRD program) are carefully considered by the Steering Committee. Decisions are made based on all aspects of the application requirements: academic standards, the strength of letters of reference, and the personal statement. Consideration of the research interests of the applicant will be taken into account in order to ensure that students will receive sufficient support and guidance by Faculty.

Key Dates for Submission of Application

Applications are reviewed twice yearly by the admissions committee.

  • The First Round of Applications is both for scholarship and non-scholarship applicants. The closing date for this round is 30 March 2018. Applicants will be notified of their results by 30 April 2018.
  • The Second Round of Applications is only for non-scholarship applicants. The closing date for this round is 30 May 2018. Applicants will be notified of their results by 10 June 2018.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply for the earlier deadline, as there may be limited places available in the second deadline. Complete application files, with all required documents, must be received before the applicable dates to be considered for admittance to the program.

Students may be required to submit additional supporting documentation or participate in a face-to-face, phone or Skype interview during the short-listing process.

Application Requirements

In order to be eligible for the APMA Program, applicants must:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree in any field, with a minimum GPA of 2.50 (or the equivalent). Students in the last year of their undergraduate program can apply for admission provided they expect to graduate before 15 July 2018. The applicant must submit a certificate from their university indicating their status and expected date of graduation.   
  2. Have an English language proficiency with either one of the following scores: a) IELTS Academic Module Overall score of 6.0, b) TOEFL PBT score of 550, c) TOEFL Internet-based Test score of 61, or d) TOEFL CBT score of 213. TOEFL ITP scores (at least 550) will only be valid if the test is taken at Mahidol University.

* An applicant can request for exemption from submission of the English proficiency requirement if they satisfy all of the following conditions: a) the applicant graduated within the last five years from a degree where English was the sole medium of instruction, and b) submit a ‘Certificate of English as Medium of Instruction’ from their university.  

Documentation Requirements

All applicants must include all of the following documentation in their submission:

  1. Complete Application Form (to be submitted in PDF format)
  2. Personal Statement (to be submitted in PDF format)
  3. Academic transcript(s) translated in English – bachelor’s degree certificate of graduation and transcript of records (all documents to be submitted in PDF format)
  4. English language test certificate(s) (to be submitted in PDF format)
  5. Curriculum Vitae – maximum of five (5) pages (to be submitted in PDF format)
  6. Reference contact information (to be submitted in PDF format)

Comprehensive information about the APMA Program and the Application Process, and the 2018 Intake Application Form can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/APMAapplication.

All documents must be submitted either by email or by post before the applicable deadline.

Scholarship Criteria

20 Scholarships will be awarded according to a competitive combination of at least two of the following selection criteria:

  • Regional representation;
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights and democratisation;
  • Strong academic background and/or research ability and/or relevant professional experience;
  • Inclusion and diversity of student body;
  • Prospective contribution to the field of human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific region.

Students must be a citizen of AND resident in any of the following countries. The country of citizenship and residence need not be the same.

Afghanistan * Australia * Bangladesh * Bhutan * Brunei Darussalam * Cambodia * Cook Islands * PRC China * Fiji Islands * Guam * Hong Kong SAR * India * Indonesia * Japan * Kiribati * DPR Korea * South Korea * Laos * Malaysia * Maldives * Micronesia * Mongolia * Myanmar * Nauru * Nepal * New Caledonia * New Zealand * Niue * Norfolk Island * Pakistan * Palau * Papua New Guinea * Philippines * Samoa * Singapore * Sri Lanka * Solomon Islands * Tonga * Tuvalu * Taiwan * Thailand * Vanuatu * Viet Nam

Second Semester Placement

Students will study the second semester at one of the four partner universities – the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia), the Kathmandu School of Law (Nepal), and Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines). The placement at the second semester will be made by the Selection Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Fee-paying students and non-APMA scholarship students will be assigned to their first preference, conditional on acceptance by the partner university.
  • APMA Scholarship students: Applicants will note their preferences in the application form. All efforts will be made to place the student in their top preferences. However, in order to ensure scholarships are evenly distributed to the partner universities, scholarship students may in some cases be assigned to a partner different from their preferences. A condition of the scholarship is that students must study at the assigned partner university.  

Application Address

Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies
Panyaphiphat Building, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus,
999 Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Nakhon Pathom 73170 THAILAND

Office Tel.: (+66) 2-441-0813-5
Fax: (+66) 2-441-0872-3
Webpage: http://www.ihrp.mahidol.ac.th
Office Email: ihrpmhrd (@) mahidol.ac.th
Facebook: https://facebook.com/humanrights.mu.org/
WordPress: https://asiapacific.gchumanrights.org/

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