Call for Applications: Development Studies & Social Research special certificate program

For students in Myanmar:

Call for applications to the Development Studies & Social Research special certificate program, held from January to July 2024. The program is held entirely online with a mix of English and Burmese language lectures and materials. Apply online through this link; deadline for all applications is 8 December 2023.

You will learn to link social theories to real-world research practice. The skills you learn in this program will help you and your community to build new academic and practical knowledge, the kind of knowledge much needed, particularly in Myanmar. Training a new generation of social researchers is critical in this time of difficulty, change and hardship. This program will connect you with an international network of academics and development professionals. You will also earn academic credit, usable toward a master’s degree at Chiang Mai University.

All coursework is completely online, with courses flexibly designed to match the needs of learners with limited time, irregular schedules, and unpredictable connectivity. Instructors are available for live online discussion or through other communication channels. Funding is available for students with demonstrated need. The course is accredited by Chiang Mai University; these academic credits can be used in the future for a master’s level degree at Chiang Mai University.

Course structure: The course contains seven taught modules and supervised term paper/assignments, delivered through lectures, group discussion, self-study, and guided group work. Students are expected to read the core texts for each lecture. Lecture and discussion will be in Burmese; reading materials will be in English. Each module will comprise 45 hours of teaching, discussion and guided assignment.

Trainers: The course is developed and delivered by Dr. Mike Griffiths (Research Fellow, The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University) with over 15 years experience teaching and conducting research in Myanmar.Scholarship funding:Some scholarship support for students from Myanmar is available.

Please contact for further details.

Accreditation: The course is accredited by Chiang Mai University, with credits usable for the Master’s degree in Social Sciences (Development)

Duration: 6 months

Dates: January – July 2024Time: Sat & Sun

Number of students accepted: 20

Registration Fee: 30,000 THB plus 600 THB Chiang Mai University Fee

Scholarships: Limited scholarships for Myanmar students are available. Please contact

Qualifications: The applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree in any field or be currently in the final year of undergraduate studies.Application deadline: 8 December 2023

Deadline for fee payment: 28 December 2023

The online application form: