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Thammasat University (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยธรรมศาสตร์, RTGSMahawitthayalai Thammasat, pronounced [tʰām.mā.sàːt]) (TU) (Thai: มธ.), is a public research university in Thailand with campuses in Tha Phra Chan near the Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok Old City (also known as Rattanakosin), in Rangsit which is 42 kilometers north of Bangkok, in Pattaya, a popular seaside district in the Eastern Seaboard, and in Lampang Province near Chiang Mai.

Thammasat University
Emblem of Thammasat University.svg
Former names
University of Moral and Political Sciences
Motto"For excellence, for justice, and readiness in leadership" (official)
EstablishedJune 27, 1934 (1934-06-27)
FounderPridi Banomyong
RectorAssoc. Prof. Gasinee Witoonchart
Administrative staff
1,505 (2007)[1]
Students33,422 (2007)[1]
Undergraduates25,369 (including joint bachelor's and master's)
13°45′21.07″N 100°29′27.16″E / 13.7558528°N 100.4908778°E / 13.7558528; 100.4908778Coordinates: 13°45′21.07″N 100°29′27.16″E / 13.7558528°N 100.4908778°E / 13.7558528; 100.4908778
CampusMultiple-Campus University Urban and Rural (varied by campus)
Anthem"Yung Thong"
("Golden Flamboyant")
ColorsYellow and Red
MascotFlamboyant Tree

It has graduated more than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate students who have greatly contributed to the development and progress of Thai society and the nation. The university's alumni have included Royal Family members, prime ministers and government figures, leading corporate figures and national artists. Presently, Thammasat University has over 30,000 students (25,000 undergraduates) enrolled in 23 faculties, colleges and institutes.[2]

Thammasat is Thailand's second oldest institute of higher education. Officially established to be the national university of Thailand on June 27th, 1934 the university was originally named by its founder, Pridi Banomyong, the University of Moral and Political Sciences (Thai: มหาวิทยาลัยวิชาธรรมศาสตร์และการเมือง; RTGSMahawitthayalai Wicha Thammasat Lae Kanmueang), reflecting the political fervor of Thailand. It started as an open university, with 7,094 students enrolled in its first academic year studying law and politics. In 1952, the university's name was shortened to its present one by the military junta of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram[3] who also became the first rector of the university.[Note 1][4] Thammasat University has always been involved in the politics of Thailand, counting most Thai political leaders among its graduates.

In 1960, the university ended its free-entry policy and became the first in Thailand to require passing national entrance examinations for admission. Thammasat today offers more than 240 academic programs in 23 different faculties and colleges on four campuses. Over the 80 years since its founding, Thammasat University has evolved from an open university for law and politics to an international university offering all levels of academic degrees in many fields and disciplines. It has graduated more than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university's alumni have included most of Thailand's prime ministers, leading politicians, and governmental figures, Bank of Thailand governors, and jurists, as well as many of the city's governors.[5]

Tha Phra Chan Campus, the original campus of the university, is in Phra Nakhon, Bangkok. The campus is in close proximity to many tourist destinations and was the site of the 14 October 1973 uprising and the 6 October 1976 massacre. Rangsit campus, where most undergraduate programmes are concentrated, is in Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani. Thammasat has smaller regional campuses in Lampang and Pattaya.

Thammasat University is one of the leading and prestigious universities in Thailand, with the consistent contribution to the country and global scale as well as the participation in the political and social movement in Thailand. Thammasat also has one of the highest competitive admission rate in Thailand along with Chulalongkorn University. Applicants ranking within the top 10 national scores are chosen for study at Thammasat, especially in Social Science and Humanities fields--considered as the most selective in Thailand. QS awarded Thammasat University with 4 QS Stars.[6] A 4 QS stars award means highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching. The institution provides an excellent environment for students and faculty.[7]


University of Moral and Political SciencesEdit

Pridi Banomyong monument, Tha Phra Chan Campus
University of Moral and Political Sciences logo

Thammasat University began in 1934 as the University of Moral and Political Sciences. This was two years after the so-called Siamese revolution of 1932 and eighteen years after the founding of Chulalongkorn University by transforming the law school of Prince Raphi Phatthanasak Krommaluang Ratcha Buri Direk Rit, which dated back to 1907. Thammasat University was the brainchild of Pridi Banomyong, the father of Thailand's democracy and the minister of interior, who drafted the "University of Moral and Political Science Act 1934".[8] The university was inaugurated on June 27th, 1934, and Pridi served as the university's first chancellor.

The university is based on the sixth principle of the People's Party.[9] The first announcement of Khana Ratsadon stated the government "must provide the people with full education" because people "lack education, which is reserved for royals".[10] The desire of students at the school of law to be upgraded to a university rather than simply a department at Chulalongkorn University also helped Thammasat University become the successor of the law school.[11] The property and faculty of the law school were transferred to University of Moral and Political Science, and the old law school building was the first Thammasat site. The university moved to Tha Phra Chan campus the following year.

When the university opened, 7,094 people applied for admission. At that time, Chulalongkorn University was graduating only 68 students a year.[12] Thammasat initially offered a bachelor's degree with an emphasis on legal studies and previously banned economics and political science, plus a bachelor's degree equivalent diploma in accountancy. Master's degree courses soon followed in law, political science, and economics, and doctoral degree courses in law, political science, economics, and diplomacy.[13]

During its early years, the university did not rely on government funding, but instead relied on its low tuition fees and interest paid by the Bank of Asia for Industry and Commerce, in which the university had an 80% stake.

Under Pridi's leadership, the university became the clandestine headquarters of the Free Thai anti-Japanese underground during the Second World War. Ironically, the university campus also functioned as an internment camp for Allied civilians, with Thai guards more or less protecting them from abuses by the occupying Japanese. The internment camp was where the Multipurpose Building now stands.


The coup d'état on 8 November 1947 marked the end of an era. Pridi Banomyong left the country and went into exile. The original Thammasat degree was replaced by specialised departments in 1949, when the Faculties of Law, Political Science, Commerce and Accountancy, and Economics were founded. The university was forced to sell its bank shares, thus becoming dependent on government funding. The words "and political" were removed from its name, and Thammasat was no longer an open university. A new "Thammasat University Act" was passed in 1952. Thammasat added four more faculties during the 1950s and 1960s: social administration, journalism and mass communication, liberal arts, and sociology and anthropology.

Bloody October protestsEdit

In 1973, Thammasat became the centre of the pro-democracy protest movement that led to the bloody uprising on 14 October. A large crowd, led by university students, assembled at Thammasat University to protest the arrest of thirteen pro-democracy student activists. The protest continued for several days before a bloody confrontation took place at the Democracy Monument. When Thailand's military leaders fled into exile, Sanya Dharmasakti, then Thammasat rector, was appointed as the prime minister of Thailand.

6 October Memorial at Tha Phra Chan

Three years later, the 6 October 1976 massacre took place on the Tha Phra Chan campus. The event began with protests against the return of exiled dictator Thanom Kittikachorn. Violence first appeared on 25 September when two EGAT employees who handed out protest literature in Nakhon Pathom were branded "communists", beaten to death, and their bodies hung from a wall. This led to peaceful protests by labor groups, students, and other activists demanding the expulsion of Thanom.

On 4 October, students staged a play on the Thammasat campus to dramatize the hanging of the protesters in Nakhon Pathom. Several newspapers printed photographs of the mock hanging with, however, one of the students retouched to resemble Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, an act of lèse-majesté. Uniformed police and enraged right-wing paramilitary groups promptly surrounded Thammasat University. At dawn of 6 October the police and paramilitary groups attacked the protesters. The mayhem continued for several hours. Newspaper sources gave the number killed as between 43 and 46, but the actual figure may have been over a hundred, with several hundred more injured.[14] Many student protesters escaped by jumping into Chao Phraya River, where they were rescued by the sympathetic Royal Thai Navy.[citation needed]

One of the student leaders was Seksan Prasertkul, who wrote the protest song "Su mai toi", which was adopted by the 2013-14 anti-government protesters in Thailand. Seksan is now[when?] a lecturer at Thammasat University.


During the 1980s, Thammasat University built a new campus at Rangsit to house the new Faculty of Science and Technology. This faculty accepted its first students in 1985. The Faculty of Engineering opened at Rangsit in 1989, followed by the Faculty of Medicine in 1990. By the late 1990s, all first years students were studying at Rangsit. At present almost all undergraduate classes are taught at Rangsit, the exceptions being some international English language programmes and some special programmes. Graduate degree classes are also still taught at Tha Phra Chan.

The Rangsit campus was chosen as one of the venues for the 1998 Asian Games.

Thammasat University is a member of "Links to Asia by Organizing Traineeship and Student Exchange" (LAOTSE), an international network of leading universities in Europe and Asia. It also cooperates with some universities around the globe. Regional cooperation is maintained with the Greater Mekong Sub-region Academic and Research Network.


The university's 70th anniversary was honoured with a commemorative 10-baht coin. The obverse depicts King Bhumibol Adulyadej as a young man in student attire, the reverse having the university seal encircled by the university's name, "70 years", and 27 June 2547 BE (2004).

The seal represents the centerpiece of the Democracy Monument, Bangkok, which itself honours the Thai Constitution of 1932. It is superimposed on a Dharmacakra, or Wheel of Law, symbolising the Dharmaśāstra, the university's name in Sanskrit.


Thammasat University has two main campuses in Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Tha Phra Chan and Rangsit as the central administration campuses. There are four regional campuses which are Lampang, Pattaya, Udon Thani, and Natathiwat.

Tha Phra ChanEdit

Tha Phra Chan campus from the opposite bank of Chao Phraya River

Tha Phra Chan Centre (Thai: ศูนย์ท่าพระจันทร์) is in Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, surrounded by many of Thailand's most famous cultural and historical landmarks, such as Sanam Luang, the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Bangkok National Museum, the National Theatre, Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit, and the Chao Phraya River. It was the first permanent campus of Thammasat, purchased from the military with public donations in 1935.[15] The site had originally been part of the Front Palace of the deputy king (formerly the designated heir to the throne).

The symbolic building of the university is the Dome, the original building on Tha Phra Chan campus. It was constructed from four existing military buildings. The Dome housed Pridi Banomyong's office as well as the command centre of the Free Thai Movement during the Second World War. Late in the war, when a rising against the occupying Japanese was planned, military weapons were concealed in the attic.[16]

The Tha Phra Chan campus played a significant role in the uprising against the military regime on 14 October 1973. It was also the site of the 6 October 1976 Massacre, in which students protesting against the return to Thailand of exiled military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn were murdered by right-wing activists and police.

Eight faculties have their building in Tha Phra Chan campus: Law, Political Science, Economics, Commerce and Accountancy, Liberal Arts, Social Administration, Journalism and Mass Communication, and Sociology and Anthropology. Nowadays, however, only postgraduate programmes, integrated bachelor's and master's programmes, and the English-language international programmes are at Tha Phra Chan (except those in Engineering, Health Science, and Journalism which are at the Rangsit Center). Thammasat Tha Phra Chan also offers a notable Thai Language course for foreigners, taught by professors in the Faculty of Arts. Tha Phra Chan facilities include a football field, a track, a gymnasium, eight libraries, and several cafeterias.

Dome Administration Building at night, located at Rangsit Center


Rangsit Centre (Thai: ศูนย์รังสิต) is the second campus and the largest campus of Thammasat University. It is in Amphoe Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani Province, 42 km north of Bangkok, and is accessible to Tha Phra Chan by shuttle buses operating on direct high-speed expressway. Realising the impact of science and technology on the country's economic growth, Thammasat University instituted degree programmes in engineering, technologies, physical sciences, and medicine at its Rangsit Centre in the 1980s and 1990s. Although established only for the science and technology-related faculties, all bachelor's degrees have been taught here since 2006. All faculties (except the College of Innovation, the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Pridi Banomyong International College) are at the center. The campus also houses the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, an international academic institute attached to Thammasat which emphasises engineering and technological research and education.[17] International programmes in Engineering, Health Science, and Journalism held by faculties are also taught at Rangsit Centre. The Thailand Science Park (National Research Centre) and the Asian Institute of Technology are also located here.

The campus divided into three areas: the academic zone, the housing zone (dormitories), and various sport facilities. The Thammasat University Sport Centre, on the Rangsit campus, was used in the 1998 Asian Games, 1999 FESPIC Games and in the 2007 Summer Universiade.

Branch campusesEdit

Pattaya Centre (Thai: ศูนย์พัทยา), is in Pattaya, a popular seaside district in eastern Thailand, approximately two hours by highway from Bangkok, Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chonburi Province. This 566 rai site was donated to the Ministry of Finance for Thammasat University in 1987. Construction began in 1997. The Pattaya Centre houses the College of Innovative Education, which offers advanced degree courses and training in Rural Development and Management for professionals both from within and outside the province. Pattaya Centre also serves as a research and conference center.

Lampang Centre (Thai: ศูนย์ลำปาง), Amphoe Hang Chat, Lampang Province, near Chiang Mai Province: the Thammasat University Council approved the establishment of Lampang Centre in 1996. The university initially held classes in the old city hall. In 2003, the Lampang Centre moved to its current location 15 km from the city. Currently, Thammasat Lampang offers opportunities to a small student population of fewer than 1,000 students (approximately 900 in 2009) to study in specialized courses designed to help with local development and industries. Courses offered at Thammasat Lampang Center include Social Development, Interdisciplinary Sociology, Law, and Handcraft Design Art.

Thammasat also has two small campuses in Udon Thani Province and Narathiwat Province.


Thammasat University has 25 faculties/education units.

Thammasat University offers various programs in different academic degrees; from Bachelor to Doctoral degree, both Thai and International Programs.

Social Science and HumanitiesEdit

  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy (also known as Thammasat Business School)
  • Faculty of Political Science
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Social Administration
  • Faculty of Liberal Arts
  • Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Faculty of Fine and Applied Art
  • College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Innovation
  • Faculty of Learning Sciences and Education
  • Pridi Banomyong International College
  • Puey Ungphakorn School of Development Studies
  • School of Global Studies

Sciences and TechnologiesEdit

  • Faculty of Architecture and Planning (also known as Thammasat Design School)
  • Faculty of Engineering (also known as Thammasat School of Engineering)
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology

Health SciencesEdit

Research InstitutesEdit

  • Language Institute
  • Thai Khadi Research Institute (Thai Civilization Studies)
  • South East Asian Studies Institute
  • Human Resource Institute
  • Sanya Dhammasakti Institute for Democracy
  • Australian Studies Center
  • International Cooperation Study Center
  • Indian Studies Center
  • ASEAN Studies Center
  • Russian Studies Center
  • Legal Training and Education Center
  • Scientific Tools for Advanced Research Center
  • Pharmaceutical Researching and Development Center
  • Animal Laboratory Center
Dome Building at Tha Prachan Campus, the central headquarter of the university

Center of ExcellenceEdit

  • Center of Academic Excellence in Biomedical Engineering
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Comprehensive Stroke Research
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Applied Thai Traditional Medicine
  • Center of Academic Excellence in the Use of Electromagnetic Energy in Engineering
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Materials Science, Construction and Maintenance Technology
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Pharmacology and Molecular Biology of Malaria and Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Design and Development for Engineering Prototypes Creatively
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Stem Cell Research
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Intelligent Information Speech and language technology And service innovation
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Applied Epidemiology
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Chemical Catalysts and Environmental Absorption
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Management Operations and Information
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Herbs and Natural Substances for the treatment of oral diseases
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Engineering and Material Performance
  • Center of Academic Excellence in Material and Plasma Technology
Thammasat University Stadium at Rangsit Campus is a large outdoor and indoor sports center which used to be a sports stadium for international competitions such as the 13th Asian Games, 1998 and World University Games 2007

Moreover, the University also has supporting units for serving national public needs and also supporting academic organization within university such as Thammasat University Hospital, Thammasat University Bookstore, TU Sport Center, Student Affairs, Thammasat University Research and Consultancy Institute, Institute of Research Administration, Office of Registrar, Institute of Data Processing for Educational Purpose etc.

International ProgramsEdit

To apply for admission at Thammasat University, international students must apply directly to the program. Only exchange students shall apply via the Office of International Affairs (OIA).[18]

Colleges and FacultiesEdit

This article contains some faculties or colleges within Thammasat University

Faculty of LawEdit

The Faculty of Law was one of the founding faculties of the university. It has its roots in the law school of the Ministry of Justice, instituted under the reign of King Chulalongkorn by Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns. Former Deans of the Faculty have included Phraya Nitisat Phaisan, Sanya Dharmasakti, and Preedee Kasemsup. The faculty has programmes up to the doctorate level, as well as several certificate programmes in business law and public law.[19][20]

Faculty of Public HealthEdit

HISTORY OF THE FACULTY OF PUBLIC HEALTH FPH Thammasat With a policy to develop educational management for the Department of Health Science, which earlier consisted of four faculties; Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Nursing, and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Thammasat University therefore developed a plan to establish the Faculty of Public Health in order to produce well equipped public health personnel with knowledge and capacity of disease control and prevention as well as health promotion for public health and safety. Following the 8th Thammasat University Council Conference held on 29 August 2005, there was an approval on the agenda to establish the Faculty of Public Health as an independent institute under the direction of Thammasat University. Therefore, on 1 September 2005, the Department of Health Science, which was part of the Faculty of Science and Technology was successfully re-established as the Faculty of Public Health. In the education year 2005, the Faculty provided only Bachelor of Science program in Health Science, which is the same curricula as that provided by the Department of Health Science since 1986. The curricula, however, was closed in the education year 2007. Later on, the Faculty has expanded its education system to a regional level by its curricula in master degree in the education year 2014 and bachelor degree in 2016 at Thammasat University Lampang Campus.

The Faculty of Public Health has continually developed its curricula and added new programs both in Rangsit and Lampang campus. For the Bachelor of Science program in Public Health provided at Rangsit Campus consists of study in the following 3 majors; 1) Occupational Health and Safety, 2) Health Promotion, and 3) Environmental Health. The same program provided at Lampang Campus consists of study in the following 3 majors; 1) Community Health, 2) Environmental Health, and 3) Occupational Health and Safety. For the Master of Science program in Public Health provided at Rangsit Campus consists of study in the following 5 majors; 1) Environmental Health and Safety Management, 2) Occupational Health and Safety Management, 3) Health Promotion Management, 4) Public Health Services Management, and 5) Epidemiology and Public Health Information Management. Furthermore, at Thammasat Universit Rangsit Campus, there is also a special program - Master of Public Health (International program) - designed as part of the collaboration policy made between the Faculty of Public Health and the Department of Planning and International Affairs, Ministry of Health in Lao People's Democratic Republic. There are 17 scholarship students from Lao People's Democratic Republic participating in this program. For the Master of Science program in Public Health provided at Lampang Campus consists of study in the following 2 majors; 1) Health Promotion Management and 2) Environmental Health Management, which are available for interested students in studying during Saturday and Sunday. In addition, there are also International Programs, Master of Public Health in Global Health, and Master of Science - Doctor of Philosophy in the following fields; 1) Occupational Health, 2) Ergonomics and Safety, and 3) Environmental Health available for studying.

Faculty of Commerce and AccountancyEdit

The Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy was established on November 23, 1938. It was the second oldest business school in Thailand after the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University which established earlier on the same year. It offers a broad range of programmes including business administration, logistics, international business, human resource management, accounting, finance, marketing, real estate management and management information system, from diploma to doctoral degree. In addition to its traditional 4-year bachelor's degree, the faculty offers the first innovative integrated bachelor's and master's degree programme in business and accounting (IBMP) which requires five years of study to complete both degrees. The faculty also offers Thailand's first international programme in business in which English is the language of instruction (BBA Programme).

The faculty is recognised internationally. In 2005, a team of students from the Master's of Sciences Degree Programme in Marketing (MIM) of Thammasat Business School won, for the second time, the Global Moot Corp, a venue for business plan competition, held at the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin.[21]

The faculty is also known as Thammasat Business School (TBS).

Singha Dang or The Red Lion - The Symbol of Political Science Student of Thammasat University

Faculty of Political ScienceEdit

The faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University was established in 1949. Former deans include Direk Chaiyanam a member of the Khana Ratsadon (People's Party) and a former foreign minister. It offers undergraduate and graduate studies in three majors, politics and government, public administration, and international affairs. Most of Thai Governors, Mayors, Leaders, or Activists are graduated from this faculty.

Graduate programs are offered to regular students, and special programs are open to executives. A doctoral program was established in 2001. There are two versions of the masters and bachelors programs in international relations. The first versions are taught in Thai. The second versions are taught in English and are called the "International Programme". The masters for the International Program was established in 1998; the bachelors was established in 2009. The military correspondent for the Bangkok Post, Wassana Nanuam, is a prominent graduate of the masters program, having written her thesis on the Thai military.

This Faculty name in Thai also known as "Singha Dang" (The Red Lion) along with Chulalongkorn University which is called "Singha Dam" (The Black Lion)[22]

Faculty of EconomicsEdit

The Faculty of Economics at Thammasat University was established in 1949 and the oldest Faculty of Economics in Thailand. The faculty offers a broad range of academic programmes and other training opportunities. Under the leadership of Dr. Puey Ungpakorn, a former Bank of Thailand governor who took charge concurrently as the dean of the faculty, there were many significant developments within the economics faculty. Dr. Puey secured funding from Rockefeller Foundation and brought faculty members from a number of US universities.

The first big step toward internationalization was the introduction, in 1969, a Master of Economics programme degree taught in English. Since then, a bachelor's programme and a PhD programme taught in English have been added to the curriculum.

The faculty boasts a teaching staff which totals 82, including 44 faculty members with doctoral degree and seven on leave to pursue doctoral degrees. It is considered one of the strongest programmes in Thailand. Its graduates are regularly accepted to the prestigious departments of economics such as Chicago, UC Berkeley, Cornell, Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Harvard, MIT, Yale, Princeton.[23]

Faculty of Social AdministrationEdit

Faculty of Social Administration Thammasat University was established to serve state policies, welfare and social security. This faculty has main duty to encourage teaching in Social Welfare, Justice Administration, and Social Development. This Faculty has a long reputation, this is the first school that initiated education in social science of welfare studies.

Faculty of Liberal ArtsEdit

The Faculty of Liberal Arts was established by the Royal Gazette in 1961 by Professor Adul Vicharncharoen, the founder and first Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts. The purpose of the establishment of the Faculty of Arts at that time was to teach general subjects to all students of the university before they choose to study their majors. At present, the Faculty of Arts offers 19 undergraduate degrees, 12 master degree courses and 3 doctoral degrees.[24]

The faculty offers the following undergraduate majors: Psychology, Library and Information Science, Literature and Communication, History, Linguistics, English Language, English Language and Literature, French Language, Thai Language, Philosophy, Geography, Japanese Language, Chinese Language, German Language, Russian Language, British and American Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Russian Studies, International Studies (ASEAN-China), and Business English Communication. The graduate school offers master's degree in 10 disciplines: Linguistics for Communication, History, Library and Information Science, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, French-Thai Translation, Counseling Psychology, Buddhist Studies, Japanese Studies, Thai, English Language and Literature, English Language Studies, Chinese Culture Studies, and English-Thai Translation Studies. The graduate level also offers Ph.D in Linguistics, History, and English Language Studies which is a combined Master and Doctoral Degree.[25]

  • The English Department

Widely-known as one of the leading departments in Thailand with a wide range of prestigious academic programs, The English Department at TU was founded in 1970 and has then developed in teaching and learning as well as researching. Today, the English Department offers an undergraduate program (Rangsit Campus) in translation, linguistics, intercultural communication, and literature. Students in the undergraduate program have the opportunity to engage in a number of extracurricular activities, internship program and academic events, including special lectures and exchange programs.[26]

In addition to the BA curriculum, the English Department supports higher interdisciplinary programs (Tha Prachan Campus) offering the MA-PhD programs in English Language Studies, the MA program in English-Thai Translation and the Graduate Diploma program in English for Business and Management.[27]

  • The British and American Studies

The British and American Studies (BAS) International Programme at Thammasat University is the only degree of its type available in Thailand. The four-year degree offers students an opportunity to explore the culture, the literature, the history, and the political dynamics of the United States and the United Kingdom through a broad and varied curriculum taught by English native speakers from both the USA and the UK.[28]

BAS graduates have a good record of establishing careers in both the public and private sectors. Former students are to be found in numerous and diverse areas of occupation including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassadorial and diplomatic positions, public relations, multinational companies, translation and interpretation, teaching and academia. Many BAS graduates proceed to study for Master’s degrees and PhDs in the United Kingdom, the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, China and various other countries in Europe, North America and Asia.[29]

Faculty of Journalism and Mass CommunicationEdit

The Department of Journalism was established in 1954 and is Thailand's first institute of higher education in journalism. It was granted faculty status in 1979 and has been known since as the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication. Today the faculty offers undergraduate programme in newspaper and print media, radio and television broadcasting, cinematography, advertising, public relations, and communications management. It also offers several programmes at master's level as well as a doctoral degree in mass communication.

There is also an international course for the Bachelor of Arts Programme in Journalism and Mass Media studies (BJM Programme). The program itself was established in 2006, providing the advanced knowledge in journalism and media. There are also two international programs at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Communication Arts. There is BA in Communication Management and an MA in Strategic Communication Management.

The Faculty also provides various materials, tools, and studios for all students to practice their skills such as Thammasat University Radio Station, editing room, and broadcasting room. Moreover, there are " YooungThong Magazine " and " Mahavittayalai Newspaper " that present the students ability.

Faculty of Sociology and AnthropologyEdit

Sociology and Anthropology was formed as one of the departments of the Faculty of Social Administration, Thammasat University from the initiation of the Dean (1961–1965) Professor Major General Buncha Mintarakhin. His view was that Thailand should have sociologists and anthropologists who contribute to the society by undertaking research which would strengthen the disciplines. At the time of the department foundation Thai scholars in sociology and anthropology were sparse. It took several years to recruit qualified members in the academic team. Subsequently, the expanding Department of Sociology and Anthropology became a separate division from Social Administration Faculty in 1976.

The status was then raised to what is today the Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology since 1984. Since the last three decades the faculty has offered various academic programmes of graduate and post-graduate levels which introduce students to theory and related disciplines. In the near future the faculty will also open a PhD programme. Each degree aims to provide knowledge and understanding of cultural and social mechanism as well as to equip students with ability to analyse the past and present society. Many graduates undertake further research.

Faculty of Science and TechnologyEdit

Science and Technology founded in 1986 as the ninth faculty of the University and become the first full-stream faculty that held on Rangsit Campus Began teaching in the five disciplines of Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Health Science. Later, the delegation extended teaching in the field of increasing order. Coupled with the new University founded the Faculty of Engineering. Health and science. The Faculty is now responsible for teaching basic science through to all faculties at Rangsit.[30] The Faculty of Science and Technology offers many science disciplines which focus on both pure sciences and sustainable technologies such as Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Sciences, Environmental Science, Technologies for Sustainable Development, Agricultural Technology, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Physics, Material Science, Food Technology, and Textile Technology, this Faculty also has international programs offers B.Sc to PhD. such as Industrial Science Management,[31] Creative Digital Technology (Digital Interactive Simulation/Game Engineering & Design),[32] Innovative Digital Design (Animation & Visual Effect/Game Art & Design),[33] and Organic Farming Management.

Faculty of EngineeringEdit

The Faculty of Engineering was founded on August 19, 1989 as the 10th faculty of the university. Originally formed as a response to governmental initiative to promote the study of science and its related field. It originally started teaching electrical and industrial engineering in 1990, then expanded its offerings to civil engineering (1992), chemical engineering (1994), and mechanical engineering (1996).

The faculty also has an international department which taught in English and very often mistaken as SIIT (see below) by outsiders. This special programme is divided into two distinct parts, Twinning Engineering Programme (TEP), established in 1997, and the Thammasat English Engineering Programme (TEPE), established in 2000. The TEP programme is a sandwich programme, two years in Thammasat and two years in a foreign university (currently either the University of Nottingham or University of New South Wales). Many of the graduates continue their master's or PhD in prestigious UK universities, such as Imperial, LSE, UCL, Warwick.

The faculty has strong ties with both NECTEC and MTEC in Thailand Science Park. The faculty also has strong researching ties with Japan, particularly and more recently with the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. Its current dean is Associate Professor Dr. Uruya Weesakul.

Faculty of MedicineEdit

The Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, was established in March 1990 as the eleventh faculty of the University and the ninth public medical school in Thailand. The faculty offers undergraduate and post-graduate courses in medicine. It also runs masters and doctoral programs in various disciplines of medicine. Applied Thai traditional medicine can also be studied at the university. Faculty of Medicine of Thammasat University in the only first and one medical school that teaches with Hybrid Problem-based learning (PBL) and Community Based Learning (CBL) which emphasize on case study and community problem rather than lecturing.[34]

Faculty of Architecture and PlanningEdit

The university proposed the establishment of a Faculty of Architecture under the Eighth National Higher Education Plan (1997–2001) of the Ministry of University Affairs (now Office of the Commission on Higher Education under the Ministry of Education). However, a cabinet meeting on February 3, 1998 decided to restrict the establishment of all new departments. The university then created an Architecture Programme to be autonomous under the Thammasat University Council by its resolution of May 6, 1999.

The programme was approved to be the Faculty of Architecture by a resolution of the Thammasat University Council on October 29, 2001. Professor Dr. Vimolsiddhi Horayangkura, who had been the programme's director since 1999, was appointed to be the first dean of the Faculty of Architecture. The faculty offered two more new undergraduate programmes, Interior Architecture and Urban Environmental Planning and Management Program, in the 2002 academic year.

In 2007, the undergraduate program in Landscape Architecture and the graduate program in Interior Architecture were started in response to high market demand for landscape architects and research-oriented designers. In the following year, the school launched the graduate program in Innovative Real Estate Development.

Sirindhorn International Institute of TechnologyEdit

The Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, at the university's Rangsit Centre, Pathum Thani Province, is a semi-autonomous institute of technology established in 1992. It offers a range of science, technology and engineering education, as well as related management programmes. All are international programmes, with English language instruction. Although it is an academic unit of the university, and graduates of the institute receive Thammasat University degrees, the institute is self-administered and financed. The institute enjoys strong links with Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand Science Park, national graduate schools (such as JGSEE, TGIST, and TAIST)[35] and many international universities, notably its neighbour Asian Institute of Technology, and a group of Japanese and European universities.

Being a research-led academic institution in nature, from the most recent performance evaluation (academic year 2003) by the university, the institute has the highest number of research publications (both in raw quantity and per graduate student heads), compared to other academic units in the university,[36] and when compared to other universities, each SIIT faculty member produces twice the highest value of national range for international journal publications (0.74 vs 0-0.41, academic year 2004).[37] In 2007, the Thailand Research Fund assessed research outcomes of universities in Thailand, and SIIT ranked as "very good" on all three indicators.[38][39] The institute is also one of a very small number of universities which can secure numbers of Thailand Research Fund's Royal Golden Jubilee grants, considered to be the country's most prestigious research grants for PhD students, for every single year since the programme began in 1998[40] — one of the only three which can secure Engineering discipline grants for every single year.

Anyway, it's still considered one of the easiest engineering schools to get accepted due to very low entry score and many rounds of admission. Due to admission score, SIIT has a high rate of variant admission scores, students with high admission score and lowest admission score can be entered but most of the low-performance students will be disqualified. The unqualified or unsatisfied academic competency students will be expelled within a first or second year which occurred about 50% of entry students.

Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesEdit

The Faculty is an institution of higher education in the country for Research Pharmaceutical Sciences to improve health in the community. There are 2 majors for students, Undergraduate Level offers Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Pharmaceutical Care, and for Graduate Level offers Pharmaceutical Science[41]

Faculty of Learning Sciences and EducationEdit

The Faculty of Learning Sciences and Education was founded on 29 September 2014. It is based at Rangsit Campus, in Pathum Thani. The Faculty takes an interdisciplinary approach to the research and teaching of education and learning. The Faculty currently offers a Masters in Learning Sciences and Educational Innovation, and a Bachelor of Arts in Learning Sciences. The Faculty of Learning Science established Thammasat Secondary School in 2015. Faculty also has its own a laboratory school called Thammasat Secondary School which established in 2017 as the first school in Thailand that runs and promotes active learning, Sustainability thoughts, and creative and problem-based learning. Thammasat Secondary School also got an influence on Thammasat's Ideas which are No Uniform, Promoting Democracy, Modern World Literacy

Logo of Chulaborn International College of Medicine, Thammasat University

Chulabhorn International College of MedicineEdit

Chulabhron International College of Medicine is the twenty-first medical school set up in Thailand located in Khlong Luang District, Pathum Thani Province and is the first institution in Thailand to provide an international course in medicine. The first year course consists of general sciences, followed by pre-clinical years 2 and 3 and then the clinical years 4-6. During the clinical years, Thammasat University Hospital is used as the main training site and students may undertake electives in foreign countries.

CICM was opened on 28 August 2012 to provide medical education in English as an international course. The setup of the university involved a cooperation between Thammasat University and Bumrungrad International Hospital.

Language InstituteEdit

The Language Institute of Thammasat University (LITU) was officially established as a university faculty in 1985 to serve the ever-growing need for English language training for students in all faculties at Thammasat University. LITU conducts courses at all three of Thammasat University’s academic campuses (Tha Prachan, Rangsit and Lampang in northern Thailand), as well as providing diverse language services to the general public and private, academic and governmental organizations in Bangkok and throughout the nation.[42]

LITU is responsible for English-language instruction for students first entering the university (Foundation courses), throughout their four years of academic studies (ESP-English for Specific Purposes), and for graduate students who must achieve minimum standards of English language proficiency. In addition, the Language Institute offers international graduate degree programs in English Language Teaching (MA-ELT, previously known as MA Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and Career English for International Communication (MA-CEIC, previously known as MA English for Careers), and a graduate diploma program in English for Careers. Also, to serve the needs of English teachers in the ASEAN community and international settings, LITU offers an international Ph.D. program in English Language Teaching (PhD-ELT).[43]

College of InnovationEdit

The college was established on January 30, 1995 with a focus on interdisciplinary education, such as in the areas of technology management, cultural management, service innovation, innovative healthcare management, and IT policy and management. Bachelor's degree courses offered are: Bachelor in Service Innovation, Bachelor in Digital Transformation and Innovation, and Bachelor in Management of Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries (BMCI). MA programs offered are: Master in Technology Management, Master of Arts in Management of Cultural Heritage and Creative Industries, Master of Science Program in Service Design, Master of Science Program in Digital Policy and Management, and Master in Service Innovation.[44]

School of Global StudiesEdit

The School of Global Studies is a new and innovative academic initiative within Thammasat University and a front runner in global health and social innovation within Thailand, Southeast Asia and beyond with a track record of excellent research on determinants of the public’s health, student-centered teaching, and academic service relevant to community needs.[45]

Courses offered are Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship, and Master of Arts in Innovation and Sustainability.


University Ranking [46]
Domestic Rankings (International Rankings)
Assessment By Rank
QS (Asia) (2019) 3 (108)
QS (World) (2019) 3 (601-650)
QS (Graduate Employability Ranking) (2019) 2 (201-250)

Thammasat University has awarded with 4 QS Star which means Thammasat university is highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching. The institution provides an excellent environment for students and faculty.[47]

Thammasat has received 2nd Rank for the highest competitive and highest score university in Thailand according to Thai university Central Admission System

QS World Ranking (2019), Thammasat has ranked as 601-650th international ranking which is the 3rd for domestic ranking in Thailand

QS Asia (2019), Thammasat has ranked 108th for Asia Universities Zone

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019. Thammasat has awarded as the 2nd university in Thailand and No. 200-250 in the world

QS World University Ranking by Subject 2019[48]

World Rank Domestic Rank Main Subject
151 - 200 1 Law and Legal Studies
151 - 200 2 Geography
151 - 200 2 Politics
201 - 250 2 Linguistics
251 - 300 2 Business & Management Studies
251 - 300 2 Accounting and Finance
343 2 Social Science & Management
401 - 450 2 Economics and Ecometrics
451 - 500 3 Arts and Humanities
451 - 500 4 Medicine
551 - 600 3 Computer Science and Information System
Pridi Panomyong and faculties at Thammasat University in 1935

Noted peopleEdit

Thammasat University features a number of former and current prominent faculty members. The founder Pridi Banomyong was a senior statesman, former regent, and former Prime Minister of Thailand. Sanya Dharmasakti, former Prime Minister and Privy Council member, was the rector of Thammasat. Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Thailand and the elder sister of Ananda Mahidol and Bhumibol Adulyadej, was the former head of the foreign language department at the Faculty of Liberal Arts. Puey Ungphakorn, former Governor of the Bank of Thailand, was the dean of the Faculty of Economics, and rector of Thammasat University. Abhisit Vejjajiva, the former Prime Minister of Thailand and leader of the Democrat Party, Ammar Siamwalla, former president of the Thailand Development Research Institute, and Jermsak Pinthong, former senator, are former lecturers at the Faculty of Economics.

Several Prime Ministers of Thailand attended Thammasat University, including Tanin Kraivixien, Chuan Leekpai, Samak Sundaravej, and Somchai Wongsawat, as well as many other ministers and Bank of Thailand governors.

Pridi Phanomyong's statue - the first chancellor and founder of the university located in front of Dome Building at Tha Prachan Campus

Prominent faculty membersEdit

Former and current prominent faculty members include:

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The head of Thammasat University was originally called chancellor (ผู้ประศาสน์การ phu prasat kan). In 1952, the post was renamed rector (อธิการบดี athikanbodi) by then prime minister, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkram, who also became the first rector of the university.[4]


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