The Techo Sen School offers six doctoral degree programmes as follows:
- Public Administration (DPA)
- Public Policy (DPP)
- International Relations (DIR)
- ASEAN Studies (DAS)
- Diplomacy and Negotiation (DDN)
- Public Management (DPM)
Candidates are required to have Master’s Degrees from recognised universities with top grades and show a keen interest in independent research and teaching. The demands on a doctoral candidate are rigorous. The program requires independent study, especially during the research and dissertation writing phase. For this reason, the School will ensure that those who enrol in the doctoral programme are very motivated individuals who have clear academic goals and are prepared to put a lot of effort and time.
Public Administration (DPA)
This programme at Techo Sen School prepares doctoral candidates for responsible positions in government and related institutions, academia research, and consultancy. In Stage 1 of the program, candidates are required to attend the same core courses as those doing the DBA in the College of Management. Upon completion of this segment, they will proceed with courses designed to deal with subjects related to public administration, with emphasis on the practical aspects of government including the formulation and execution of policies and programmes.
All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three Doctoral courses (9 credits),and three oriented courses and Comprehensive examination (9 credits). To graduate, they are required to do original research and write their dissertation (33 credits) .
Public Policy (DPP)
The doctoral program at Techo Sen School provides students and scholars of exceptional talent and intellectual capacity with graduate training to groom them for positions in academia, government, international bodies, and at research centres and policy research institutes. Candidates will be coached to conduct policy analytic research, help to formulate and execute public policy and programs and trained to teachthe next generation of educators, researchers, and practitioners.
The program abets scholarly research that enables public policy practitioners to make rational and informed decisions. With this in mind, the course work combines core requirements in theory (economics, politics and management, sociology, and normative theory) and methods (advanced analytical, quantitative and empirical methodology) with concentrations in economic regulatory and environmental and energy policy, international development, security relations, science and technology and related issues.
All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three doctoral courses (9 credits) and three oriented courses andcomprehensive examination (9 credits). Thereafter, they are required to do researchthrearechesis or dissertation (33 credits).
International Relations (DIR)
As civilization evolves over time, relations between nation states become very complex and interdependent, and especially so with fast paced globalization driven by information technology and the Internet and made more challenging with the rise of militant Islamic fundamentalism in many parts of world.
The doctoral program at Techo Sen School trains candidates to engage in cutting-edge, problem-solving, interdisciplinary research in international affairs and political science. Their research will not only contribute to academic literature, especially on Cambodia’s relations with its strategic partners in ASEAN and the rest of the world, but also to resolving pressing policy problems.
Candidates are expected to engage in fieldwork grounded in rigorous research methods and supported a comprehensive theoretical framework that helps them to contribute to both theory and practice. After completing their degrees, graduates can pursue meaningful high-level careers in academia, research, non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector.
All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three doctoral courses (9 credits), and three oriented courses and comprehensive examination (9 credits). Upon completion, they must do research thesis or dissertation.(33 credits).
ASEAN Studies (DAS)
Since its establishment in 1967, ASEAN has become an economic and political force for peace and stability in Southeast Asia. The creation of the ASEAN Community will further solidify the 10 member states into a cohesive and purposeful regional group for the benefit of the peoples of ASEAN. Cambodia has been an active participant in its development and is poised to see its influence in ASEAN increase as its economy develops and its commercial linkages with its partners deepen and strengthen. However, in order to take full advantage of ASEAN integration, there is now a realisation that Cambodians have yet to fully understand the intricate web of mechanisms and processes that make up ASEAN to enable them to tap commercial opportunities that will emerge from ASEAN’s rapid economic development.
With above in mind, the doctoral program at Techo Sen School aims to develop students who can apply balanced theoretical and practical perspectives in engaging with issues and problems in ASEAN region; contribute to knowledge creation, research development and sharing in ASEAN studies; and undertake further and advanced study in ASEAN studies and related issues.
All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three Doctoral courses (9 credits), and three oriented courses and comprehensive examination (9 credits). Thereafter, they are required to do research thesis or dissertation (33 credits).
Diplomacy & Negotiation (DDN)
The Diplomacy and Negotiation doctoral program at Techo Sen School allows candidates to specialize in a specific domain of knowledge while gaining the recognition that is instrumental to pursue advanced careers in academia, think tanks, international organizations, or government research insttutes..The highest academic standards are sought in the course work as well as in the methodology, research, and writing of the doctoral dissertation.
The curriculum has a multi-disciplinary scope. Required courses cover the disciplines of international relations, political science, economics, international law, international organizations, and diplomacy. The choice of electives is made in accordance with the domain in which the candidate wishes to pursue his research.
Candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three Doctoral courses (9 credits), and three oriented courses and comprehensive examination (9 credits). They are then required to research thesis or dissertation.(33 credits).
Public Management (DPM)
This doctoral program at Techo Sen School combines taught courses on public management, public policy and research methods with carrying a substantial workload of independent, doctoral-level research It is designed for practising professionals and provides critical reflection on public sector reforms, including evidence-based policy and practice. The program supports creating greater capacity within the Cambodian and ASEAN public and voluntary sectors to conduct, commission and evaluate research as a contribution to the achievement of public goals.
Reflecting the common underlying principles of good governance in the private sector, DPM doctoral candidates attend the same core courses as those doing a DBA in the College of Management. Upon completion of this segment, to do work which is designed to give them relevant insights into challenges and problems related to the formulation and execution of public policies.
All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses( 9 credits), three Doctoral courses (9 credits), and three oriented courses and comprehensive examination. Thereafter, they required to do research thesis or dissertation (33 credits).