School of Law

Nitikon Jirathitikankit

MSc Security, Conflict and Justice | 2016 - 2017

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I have a double Bachelor degrees in Politics and in Law and Master Degree in Comparative Politics from different Thai universities. I have worked for the Office of the Constitutional Court of Thailand since 2009 as Academic Officer in Institute of Constitutional Studies, which performs as think tank department of Thai Constitutional Court. Last year, I got the Royal Thai Government’s scholarship to study a Master degree at Leeds. 

What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you choose Leeds?

Actually, I am interested in politics and legal system that can be beneficially applied for my duties. Before applying to study at Leeds, I tried to find an interesting course that could offer me something new especially regarding the correlation between law and politics. Then, I found this MSc in Security and Justice at Leeds. It is a very interesting course and because it is an interdisciplinary course I can choose some interesting optional modules not only from Law School but also from other schools, in particular the School of Politics and International Studies and the School of Sociology and Social Policy. I felt this course would offer me a new perspective, so I decided to choose this course at Leeds.              

What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?

I think the strong and unique feature of my course is that it is an interdisciplinary course, which offers various academic aspects regarding the relationship between law, politics, and related issues. This course is therefore appropriate for any students who graduated or interested in law, politics, and social sciences.

How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?

As international student, this is my first time to study aboard for 1 year. This is a new experience. Initially I was worried about studying at Leeds because of studying in a different language, and was unfamiliar with British teaching style. But, I realized that I needed to adjust to being a student in a new environment.  My personal tutor has really helped me to adjust and learn to study in a new way. He has helped me a lot me since ‘Induction Week’, such as my registration and he always gives me good advice both academic and how to enjoy living in Leeds too. Moreover, I am regularly informed by email about School of Law news, activities, and academic seminars that I may be interested in.    

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

I really appreciate the facilities at Leeds for instance the Portal, which I can access online at any time, which provides me necessary information regarding my study – timetable, activities, and finding library materials. The University’s libraries help facilitate a learning environment that encourages me to study. The Edge sport centre is also one of my favourite places where I spend my leisure time and exercise.        

Any other comments you would like to make?

Before came to Leeds, I knew very little about British culture and British teaching style, and I had no idea what it would be like living in a new culture. During my time at Leeds, I’ve adjusted myself and learnt many new things, which have made my experience precious. Finally, I would like to sincerely thanks to the School of Law, my personal tutor, Dr. Conor O’ Reilly, and all staff for taking care of me warmly and for making me feel like I am always at home.   

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