A day in the life of...

Learn what it's like to study at UWA as an undergraduate, a postgraduate or research student and see where a degree from UWA could take you. Hear first-hand from current students, alumni and our staff.

Undergraduate

Alistair Ryan

Human Geography and Planning major

Alistair Ryan

Human Geography and Planning is an extremely interesting subject for me, as someone who likes to know the reasons why cities and towns filled with people function as they do. This major demonstrates the fundamental shape and workings of urban places. The field trips offered to UWA Geography and Planning students to places such as Japan and Spain is a truly memorable and rewarding experience, while still contributing as credit towards your degree. 

UWA has always been recognised as Western Australia’s premier university. Having achieved well in high school, I wanted to attend an institution that matched the ability I had. Furthermore, testimonials from tutors and relatives about UWA’s culture only pushed me to believe that it would be the most enjoyable university to attend – which so far, I believe has rung true.
 
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Postgraduate

Amy McDermott

Master of Studies

Amy McDermott

UWA was the only university to offer a course that allowed me to study both Policy and Education within one Masters course. I chose a Master of Studies as it gave me the flexibility to study across disciplines I believe that in this complex world the kind of thinking that will be needed to solve problems will be interdisciplinary and I love that my course sets me up for this kind of world. In my course I can study both a breath of units relating to Public Policy whilst still focusing on my passion, Education.

I have loved the class discussions in our seminars - I really feel academically engaged in the learning process. The lecturers are so knowledgeable and also the mix of world and life experience of my classmates has created a real depth of analysis and discussion.
 
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Postgraduate

Andrew Lim

Master of Health Professions Education

Andrew Lim

One of the key strengths of the Master of Health Professions Education relates to the varied educational and occupational backgrounds of the staff and students undertaking the course. I have found it invaluable to learn from the experiences of others, their perceived mistakes, the settings in which they have occurred and the overall outcomes achieved.
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Undergraduate

Angela Goh

Medical Sciences major

Angela Goh

The Medical Sciences major provides me with a solid foundation in my undergraduate years to better prepare me for my Direct Pathway to Doctor of Medicine. My lecturers are passionate about what they are teaching and show interest in how we are progressing through the course. I enjoy the opportunities to work in groups in the Medical Sciences major, it allows me to meet people who are also passionate about Medicine. I also involve myself in the clubs around the campus I am part of the Korean Cultural Club and Multicultural Students Union where I attend events and learn more about the Korean culture and language as well as other student who are interested in Asian languages and cultures.
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Undergraduate

Ashley Marino

Marine Science major

Ashley Marino

Marine Science has no geographical limits. When I was in Year 12 living in Albany, a town spoilt with incredible coastal environments, I dreamt of travelling, snorkelling, and living by the sea for the rest of my life. This major opens that possibility, with the added aspect of environmental consideration. Everything biological and atmospheric can be linked to the vast oceans. Marine Science can be applied globally, from the open ocean to local rivers and the atmospheric influences of winds and climate. 

Throughout my course, my perspective of the world has been broadened. The students in my class share my passion for protecting our environment and their belief in a better future is contagious; it’s easy to feel optimistic and determined when you’re surrounded by kind-hearted people.

Everyone’s aware of UWA’s prestigious reputation, but really it was the relocation services and pleasant atmosphere that allowed me to picture myself living as a student here.
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Research at UWA

Breast cancer research

New tool in fight against breast cancer

Breast cancer research

A tool that will enable surgeons to detect malignant breast cancer tissue during surgery using new imaging techniques has been developed by researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
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Undergraduate

Broderick Moncrieff

Italian Studies major

Broderick Moncrieff

The Diploma of Modern Languages has been a fantastic addition to my degree. It has broadened my studies and I feel it has enhanced my education at UWA. I definitely feel it is a huge bonus, and learning a language will improve my career opportunities. Italian is a beautiful language and I have loved learning it here at UWA. Studying at UWA has been a great experience.


As a student in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education there is a huge amount of international study opportunities which contribute to your degree. My semester of exchange as part of this was the best decision I made during my studies. 

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Undergraduate

Carissa Soares

Music Specialist Studies major

Carissa Soares

I chose to study Music Specialist Studies because I love playing percussion and I couldn’t imagine life without it. Attending many piñata percussion concerts encouraged me to study music because of how entertaining and exciting they were. All the music staff and lecturers are so friendly and enthusiastic which makes classes fun and exciting. I am really enjoying being a part of piñata percussion ensemble too. The pieces we are working on are challenging but enjoyable.

 UWA has a beautiful campus and a fantastic reputation as one of the world’s top 100 institutions. The staff are very encouraging and inspiring and being able to study under their guidance is an honour.

As a first year student, I’ve joined the Music Students Society. They run lots of fun social activities and these events allow you to meet other music students, which is great for networking. 
 
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Undergraduate

Chloe Ip

Japanese major

Chloe Ip

I wanted to do Engineering and Japanese as my majors and no other university offered that so I chose UWA. I really enjoy the campus, its atmosphere and the old buildings. Aside from the campus I love the opportunities provide for us. I was able to go on exchange and it was the best experience of my life! I learned a lot and made life-long friends. This is my favourite aspect of studying at UWA. I’d like to study my Masters in Civil Engineering and eventually work for a housing/reconstruction company – maybe even in Japan.

I am involved in Robogals – we visit schools and teach girls about the importance of women in Engineering and to play with robots. 

 
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