Welcome to the Malaysia page
We have forged strong links over many years with a number of institutions; they include HELP University College and KDU College. With these establishments we have set up individual agreements where we accept their students directly in to the second year of our LLB undergraduate programme. In addition University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) has agreed to take 22 of our undergraduate students as part of their internment programme, we hope this will be the start of a new agreement that will extend to research. Further we are in discussions with several other Universities looking at future collaborations from undergraduate to postgraduate level.
We are building up a reputation with our LLM Masters courses and the numbers of students from Malaysia has grown, some of these students go on to study on our PhD research programmes and take advantage of our Alumni Bursary.
The Law School makes regular visits to Malaysia, recently Mrs Dinah Crystal, OBE, has attended the British Council Education Fair in Kuala Lumpar, and attended various exhibitions where she met students face to face to answer any questions about our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In addition she visited the Attorney Generals Office, Chief Judge and a Commercial Judge of the High Court with a view to future academic links.
- 2.1 or GPA 3 in your Law Degree
- English Language minimum Grade C GCSE
- IELTS 7 (with 7 in writing)
Student Profile: Sarah Che Rohim
Sarah Che Rohim
Where are you originally from?
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Where did you do your undergraduate degree?
Where do you live?
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
About Your Studies
Why did you undertake a postgraduate course?
After working in the Central Bank of Malaysia for five years, embarking on post-graduate studies provided a platform for merging the on-the-field knowledge with the academic. It gave time to reflect in viewing things better from various perspectives, not only from the coursework at hand, but also viewpoints of fellow students from various countries.
Why did you choose your course and why did you choose to study at The University of Manchester?
The LL.M programme of School of Law, Manchester University Manchester provides for a wide selection of financial services law which are relevant to my nature of work in the Central Bank. Building on the courses that I took at the Masters level, PhD studies gives me the opportunity to further develop and merge my professional background with academic studies.
What do you enjoy about your course/research?
The pace at Masters level was really challenging and that challenge gave a lot of ‘fun’ in learning. Besides, discoursing in seminars and lectures were intellectually stimulating, especially with fellow practitioners.
In terms of facilities, I am most impressed with the depth and breadth of research materials that are available at a click of a mouse. The physical library support is also excellent.
How did the course suite your needs? (e.g. structure, contact with lecturers/supervisors etc)
If the LL.M is likened to a sprint, a PhD is really a long marathon. It takes a lot of determination and discipline. In that sense it has met my needs as my overall experience has been quite a challenging journey that not only was intellectually stimulating but also character building.
How many hours did you study on campus and how many hours self study do you have to do?
During the LL.M studies, a typical week would consists of lectures, seminars, group discussions as well as independent studies, which can add up to about 30 – 40 hours.
For PhD studies, although, there is flexibility in managing the timetable. Personally I worked at least 35 hours per week in the School and a few more hours at home. The flexibility worked well with managing my time studying and spent with my young children.
What are your future plans and how do you think your postgraduate have helped you achieve them?
I am going back to the Central Bank of Malaysia to resume my position as a policy maker. The studies will no doubt enrich my skills, knowledge, perspectives as well as maturity for better policy making.
Away from your studies:
What do you like about the city?
Simply put; its colour. Comparing to my undergraduate days also in the North West, Manchester has changed a lot in terms of its social landscape. It is a melting pot and a testament of diversity.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I spend a lot of time with my family and friends engaging in various activities. Our regular activities include, when weather permitting; ‘park-hopping’ as Manchester has amazing parks, some gastronomic adventures in trying many different types of food from all corners of the World (yes, you can find almost anything under the sun), and other typical activities such as swimming, going to the cinema and exploring various places of interest in the North West.
I also enjoy regular running and have ran and fundraised for Sport Relief. These coming months I will also be running in other events including the BUPA Great Manchester Run and Race for Life 10K run for cancer research. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to run the London Marathon before my PhD is completed.
How affordable is Manchester?
In comparison to other main cities, Manchester is very affordable. I would say the city caters for various budgets. Places are also easy to get to by walking. For other slightly further places, the public transport system is pretty efficient and affordable.
Finally how would you describe your time at Manchester University to a friend from home?
Life-changing. The pace of life is definitely slower that the hustle and bustle of city life in Kuala Lumpur. Having said that, it gives one opportunity to reflect and be immersed in the studies, as well as to open up to various perspectives of life outside the classroom which gives so much understanding of the true meaning of globalisation. Just put a step forward with an open mind.