Q & A


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
 
 
1.          Graduate-level English proficiency requirements
 
Q:    What English proficiency tests are accepted by Mae Fah Luang University?
A:    The following are the tests and minimum scores accepted by Mae Fah Luang University.
 
Test Ph D Master’s Degree
TOEFL (paper-based) >=500 >=400
TOEFL (computer-based) >=173 >=100
TOEFL (internet-based) >=61 >=33
IELTS (academic module) >=5.5 >=3.5
TU-GET >=450 >=350
CU-TEP >=60 >=45
CMU-TEGS >=60 >=40
MFU-TEP >=60 >=40
 
Exceptions:
1.     An exchange student from one of MFU’s MOU-ed partner institutions which already has as an admissions condition of a minimum English proficiency test score.
2.     A native speaker of English (subject to approval by the School of Liberal Arts based on the student’s country of origin, schooling background and academic records).
 
Q:    When can I submit my test result?
A:    Any time, as long as the student maintains his/her graduate studentship.  But it is advisable to submit it in the first semester.
 
Q:    Does Office of the postgraduate Studies have a validity period for the test result submitted?
A:    The result must be no more than two years old, from the test date to the date of submission to Office of the postgraduate Studies.
 
Q:    Where can I submit the result?
A:    See the diagram below.
 
 
 
 
Q:    How often does Mae Fah Luang University arrange its MFU-TEP?  How can I get to know about it?
A:    The MFU-TEP is arranged three times per year.  It is announced on Office of the Postgraduate Studies website.
 
Q:    If I fail to achieve the required score, what English course do I have to take?
A:    Master’s degree students scoring lower than 40 are required to take the course 1006702 Academic English for Graduate Studies 1.
       Ph D students scoring lower than 40 are required to take the courses 1006702 Academic English for Graduate Studies 1 and 1006703 Academic English for Graduate Studies 2.
       Ph D students scoring lower between 40 and 59 are required to take the course 1006703 Academic English for Graduate Studies 2.
 
Q:    Is it possible for me to take the course(s) without taking the test?
A:    Yes, it is.
 
Q:    Where can I receive the information about the MFU-TEP and the Academic English for Graduate Studies courses?
A:    The School of Liberal Arts, Tel: 053 916721-2; Fax: 053 916723.
 
Q:    How much do I have to pay to take the MFU –TEP or to enroll in the English courses?
A:    For the MFU-TEP: THB 500 per test;
       For the English courses: THB 3,000 per course.
 
Q:        How do I apply for the test or the courses?
A:         Step 1: Payment of the test-taking or course enrollment fee.
1.     Pay at a bank or ATM to the Bangkok Bank account number 672-0-10817-1, Mae Fah Luang University branch;
2.     Pay at Mae Fah Luang University’s Division of Finance and Accounting, first floor of the Central Administration building, Tel: 053 916015-6 (Monday- Friday, from 08:30 to 15:30 hrs).
Step 2: Submission of your application and receipt.
Monday to Friday: Submit your application and receipt to the School of Liberal Arts (second floor, E1 building).
Saturday and Sunday: Submit your application and receipt to Office of the Postgraduate Studies (first floor, room 106, C1 building).
Make sure to produce your national ID card or student ID card.
 
Q:    How can I know my test result or score equivalence result?
A:    You may receive it in person at the School of Liberal Arts or at Office of the Postgraduate Studies.
       Test score equivalence and study results are individually available on-line on the Academic Service (Reg) website.  (Log in and go to the ‘Study Results’ menu.)
 
 
 
 
 2.     Publication of graduate research findings
 
Q:    What programmes require publication of research findings?
A:    ALL graduate programmes and ALL plans thereof have this requirement as a graduation condition.
 
Q:    What is the procedure of publication of research findings?
A:    Detailed information is provided in the Graduate Studies Guidelines (pages ___).  Additional requirements are stated in the ‘Mae Fah Luang University Notification on Publication of Graduate-Level Research Studies, BE 2556 (2013) (Addition)’, which is available at Office of the Postgraduate Studies.
 
 
Diagram for Procedure of Publication of Graduate-Level Research Studies, BE 2556 (2013) (Revised Edition)
Level Plan Academic Category (as per Notification) Publication Requirements Number of Articles Channel of Publication* (referable to the items in the Notification) Proof of Publication Proof Not Submitted**
Ph D 1.1, 1.2 All 3 categories Item 6.1 or 6.2: ≥1 article; and
Item 6.1 or 6.4: ≥1 article
2 Item 6.1:
1)   International journal on database approved by Thailand Research Fundor The Royal Golden Jubilee Program;
2)   International journal on latest list of Office of the Higher Education Commission; or
3)   International journal on Quartile 1 or 2 of SJR.
Item 6.2: Copyrighted or patented invention, or other equivalent piece of work.
Item 6.3: Journal approved by TCI (group 1 or 2), or on TCI database, or on national database of journals according to Office of the Higher Education Commission notification.
Item 6.4: Oral or poster presentation at a national or international symposium, with a full paper published in the proceedings of which at least 25 percent of the editorial or organising board members are Ph D-holding full professors or authorities, or external authorities, or international authorities on the given academic or professional theme.
Item 6.5: Dissemination of work examined and approved by a committee of experts.
 
1.             After Publication or Presentation
1.1     Publication Report DGC 13 (Plan B) or DGC 14 (Ph D and master’s degree, Plan A);
1.2     Copy of the journal, publication or proceedings;
1.3     Copy of the table of contents of the journal, publication or proceedings;
1.4     Copy of the article published in the journal, publication or proceedings; and/or
1.5     Copy of the certificate or certification of presentation as proof of being a presenter at the given academic symposium, conference or seminar.
2.       After Publication via Electronic Journal (only if the journal has no paper publications)
2.1     Publication Report DGC 13 (Plan B) or DGC 14 (Ph D and master’s degree, Plan A);
2.2     Copy of the article published in the journal;
2.3     Copy of CD cover or official webpage, with URL and page(s) containing the published article; and/or
2.4     Copy of the certificate or certification of presentation as proof of being a presenter at the given academic symposium, conference or seminar (applicable to one that has no printed proceedings).
3.       Pending Publication
3.1     Publication Report DGC 13 (Plan B) or DGC 14 (Ph D and master’s degree, Plan A);
3.2     Proof of acceptance for publication, with detailed information on the journal’s name, author’s name, article’s title, year of publication, issue number and publisher’s name; and
3.3     Copy of the article to be published.
Not qualified to graduate, the student must pay tuition (studentship-maintaining fee), as required by the university.
2.1, 2.2 Science-Technology Category Item 6.1 or 6.2: ≥1 article 1
Health Science Category
Humanities and Social Sciences Category Item 6.1 or 6.2: ≥1 article; and/or 1
Item 6.3: 2 articles 2
Master’s Degree A1 All 3 categories Items 6.1-6.4: ≥2 articles 2
A2 All 3 categories Items 6.1-6.4: ≥1 article 1
B All 3 categories Items 6.1-6.5: ≥1 article 1
Notes:
1.     * Type of publication, Item 6.1: International Journals / Items 6.3-6.5 International or National Journals
2.     ** Only for a student who has fulfilled ALL the requirements except publication of research findings.
3.     The student must be the main author (his/her name being the first).  In case of a project set, the student’s name must be either the first or the second.  The article or project report must state clearly that the research findings presented therein are part of a dissertation, thesis, master’s project or independent study submitted to Mae Fah Luang University.
        

Q:        What should I do if the journal in which I want to have my article published is not on the university-         approved list of databases?
A:         You can have your article published ONLY by a journal on the database.
 
Q:        Whom should I consult about having my article published?
A:         You should consult your supervisor or an official of Office of the Postgraduate Studies.
 
Q:    How, where and when can I report the publication of my article?
A:    You have to submit to Office of the Postgraduate Studies (i) the proof of publication as required by the university, (ii) a completed ‘Research Publication Report’ (DGC 13 for a master’s degree programme, plan B; DGC 14 for a Ph D programme or master’s degree programme, plan A) and (iii) the complete dissertation, thesis or independent study report.
 
 
3.     Enrollment
 
Q:    In the second semester and thereafter, how am I supposed to enroll?
A:    You can enroll by yourself by logging into ‘reg.mfu.ac.th’ using your user name and password (which was given to you on registration day).  Then click on the menu ‘Enrollment Result’.
 
Q:    What must I do if I forgot my user name and/or password?
A:    Contact the Center for Information Technology Services (MIS Unit), AS Building,second floor, Tel: 0-5391-6394-5, 0-5394-6400.
 
Q:    How can I check my study results?
A:    You can check them by logging into ‘reg.mfu.ac.th’ using your user name and password (which was given to you on registration day).  Then click on the menu ‘Study Results’.  Through this channel, you can check the results of your study, test-score equation, comprehensive examination and qualifying examination.
 
Q:    What should I do if I do not fulfill all the requirements within the programme-specified period?
A:    If it is because you have not finished your dissertation, thesis or independent study report, or because you have not fulfilled any other graduation condition required by the university, you have to submit a progress report (using the university’s form) within the period specified for each semester so that you are eligible to enroll for the following semester.  You then have complete the on-line enrollment process at ‘reg.mfu.ac.th’ and pay the tuition for that semester.  For example, if you belong to a 2-year (4-semester) programme and you have not fulfilled all the requirements, you must submit a progress report as of the fifth semester.
 
Q:    What is a progress report?
A:    In case you have not fulfilled all the requirements within the period specified by your programme, you need to inform the university how much work you have done so far and when you expect to complete it.  The tuition that you have to pay varies according to the proportion of your progress, which will be assessed by your research supervisor(s), programme chairperson and School.  For more information, please see the form DGC 20 (for a Ph D programme or master’s degree programme, plan A) and DGC 21 (for a master’s degree programme, plan B).
 
 
Q:    If I fail to submit a progress report within the period required, can I be enrolled and what fees do I have to pay?
A:    You can be enrolled.  The fees are as follows.
       1.  For your first progress report, you must pay 20 percent of the tuition for your first semester.
       2.  For the second and subsequent progress reports, it is assumed that no progress has been made  since the previous semester, and you must pay the same tuition as that paid for the previous                            semester.
 



4.     Plagiarism Check
 
Q:    Must every student attend research ethics training?
A:    Yes.  Plagiarism is an issue the whole world is closely watching.  Plagiarism is regarded as a serious academic crime that causes severe damage on the plagiariser, his/her institution and his/her country.  Every student must understand and be aware of research ethics PRIOR to starting work on his/her dissertation, thesis or independent study.
 
Q:    For what programmes is the plagiarism check required?
A:    All programmes.  During your research, you must submit each completed chapter (or portion) of your research to your supervisor(s) for a plagiarism check.  In the process of requesting a defense, the student must submit to Office of the Postgraduate Studies a plagiarism check report (or originality report) approved by both the Research Supervisory Committee and the School Committee, along with a completed Defense Request.
The Research Supervisory Committee shall present the results of its student’s plagiarism checks to the Defense Committee on the defense day.
In the process of submitting an article for publication, the student must submit to Office of the Postgraduate Studies a plagiarism check report (or originality report) approved by both the Research Supervisory Committee and the School Committee, along with his/her article manuscript and an article publication report.

 
Q:    What plagiarism check systems does MFU require the students to use?
A:    For research papers written in Thai and English, use ‘Akharawisuth’ and ‘Turnitin’.  (These two systems do not support other foreign languages.)

                                         
                     


Q:        How do I use ‘Akharawisuth’ and ‘Turnitin’?
A:         Follow these steps.
            1.          You can access both systems through your e-mail ‘XXXXX@lamduan.mfu.ac.th’.  Check your  user’s name and password at ‘reg.mfu.ac.th’ or enquire at E-mail: superadmin@mfu.ac.th, or  Tel: 0-5391-6397.
            2.          The Centre for Learning Resources and Educational Media (Tel: 0-5391-6339) provides training and consultation  sessions on these two systems for individuals or groups.  Students can submit a request.  For  programmes operated in Bangkok, occasional training sessions will be provided.
Update: Jan 19,2015