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We have been hosting students from Mahidol University, University of Oxford and Open University for over 20 years. Review our student pages to learn more about life as a MORU student, investigate the research that we do, identify a potential supervisor and find out how to apply.

Attention students: Consider MORU for your studies!

A key focus of MORU is building scientific research capacity in Thailand and South East and South Asia. One way we do this is by hosting students in a world-class research environment.

MORU currently hosts DPhil, PhD and MSc students from Mahidol’s Faculty of Tropical Medicine, the Nuffield Dept of Medicine at University of Oxford and the UK’s Open University. We welcome inquiries and applications from students around the world.

We offer students opportunities in multi-disciplinary research areas such as Malaria and Critical Care, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Mathematical & Economic Modelling, Epidemiology, Bioethics and Community Engagement.

In this video, you’ll hear from some of our current students about why living and studying in SE Asia and at MORU is such a great experience.

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How to apply

Have a look at our list of researchers and send a statement of interest to our Post Graduate Studies team

Please include:

  • A cover letter outlining your statement of interest (research area/supervisor)
  • A recent CV
  • A letter of good standing from your university/research institute
  • Evidence of English Language capabilities (if you are a non-native English speaker)

Three Minute Thesis competition

Together, MORU and sister unit OUCRU work to enhance postgraduate learning include improved academic ecosystems, a larger, more connected student and supervisory network, fostering excellence in mentorship, and championing communicating science and research.

The MORU-OUCRU 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an annual competition that cultivates MORU and OUCRU PhD students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. In three qualifying rounds, participating PhD students are challenged to explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Shortlisted participants go on to the Grand Final 3MT Thesis Competition, held at the end of the year before a live audience, with big prizes available for the best talks as voted by our expert panel of judges and invited local high school students.

Enjoy highlights of the 2022 Grand Final 3MT Thesis Competition, held 6 Dec 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand.

MORU-OUCRU Student Conference (MOSC)

Held in tandem with the 3MT Thesis Competition, the annual MORU-OUCRU Student Conference (MOSC) provides an opportunity for students to meet, connect, share stories, and successfully prepare for their PhD and vivas.

Watch memories of our 2023 MORU-OUCRU Student Conference. The smiles tell their own story....