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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.

Postgrad Story

Balsam Sabiry, Graduate Subsea Engineer at INPEX

Master of Professional Engineering

Balsam Sabiry, Graduate Subsea Engineer at INPEX

After I finished my undergraduate degree, I wanted to gain specialised knowledge in my chosen field of engineering. My time at UWA was really valuable and postgraduate study was the icing on the cake. I learnt heaps! Plus having a postgraduate qualification in engineering definitely helped me get a job after I finished studying.
I now work for INPEX, an international oil and gas exploration and production company. I was the first ever graduate to be taken on at INPEX Australia.

At the moment, I work with various Engineering teams within the Offshore Interface and Integration department and I get to interact with engineers all over the globe. When I first started at INPEX I was working within the Subsea Production System team and at that time I was able to work and travel to various locations including Scotland and Singapore.
If the chance arose, I wouldn’t hesitate to say yes to future study at UWA. I would love to go back and study more!

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Rosy Serventy

Master of Urban Design - Coursework and Dissertation

Rosy Serventy

Studying a Master of Urban Design at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) has allowed me to build on my creative design skills, expand on my urban theory knowledge and explore some urban design issues that particularly interest me. I especially enjoyed completing a design thesis in my final year where I examined the issues of implementing Perth's infill targets within the suburban shopping precinct of Morley, particularly how to maximise the potential of the limited public realm. Studying part-time, while working as an urban planner, allowed me to apply my new skills directly to real world situations.
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Jasmine Chan

Master of Professional Accounting - Coursework

Jasmine Chan

The MPA is the perfect course for postgraduates wishing to specialise in the accounting industry. Apart from the fact that it provides for accreditation by three professional bodies upon completion, I like the emphasis on the practical aspects of accounting in the course. Elective units in the course give me flexibility in the disciplines I wish to explore, and provide a breadth of study to the course.

The lecturers at the UWA Business School are friendly and helpful. I’ve found them to be great sources of advice, even when it came to areas outside of the course. I’ve been thinking of undertaking some research after completion of the MPA, and I’ve received valuable advice from one of my lecturers on how best to prepare myself for it. It is such instances that make the UWA Business School more than just a place of study.
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Layla Mehravari

Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations - Coursework

Layla Mehravari

After spending some time working in human resources and employment relations I decided to pursue part-time study to build on my existing knowledge base and further develop my skills. I found the coursework to be practical and solution -focused. In many cases the assessments I was undertaking as part of my master’s degree linked in directly with my daily responsibilities at work. Learning from lecturers and other students who could share their real-life experiences and apply these to the theories and concepts taught in the course gave me a new perspective and some great industry contacts.
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Roy Chia

Master of Commerce - Coursework

Roy Chia

The Master of Commerce specialisations allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of your chosen area. I am more focused in my learning because the units are interlinked and have an overall relevance to my chosen field of work. My time at UWA has been very enjoyable as the lecturers and tutors show care and concern about the general wellbeing and skills of students instead of just focusing on delivering content.
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Ryan Poh

Master of Marketing - Coursework

Ryan Poh

Choosing to study a Master of Marketing at UWA provided me with countless networking and career development opportunities.

Being from a marketing background, I wanted to broaden my understanding of marketing as a whole as well as to be able to think and function more strategically. The Master of Marketing allowed me to not only enhance my analytical ability but also to improve my communication skills tremendously.
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Dr Harjinder Kaur Senghera

Doctor of Education

Dr Harjinder Kaur Senghera

'The Doctorate in Education has a wide focus in various research methodologies which takes the doctorate student over the various fields to enable him/her to be a competent researcher and doctoral supervisor. Through various high level analytical skills, the course enabled me as a doctoral student to discuss, present, defend and gain knowledge in various fields of Education, Educational paradigms, Educational research and various other related disciplines. As an academic, I have grown tremendously in experience and knowledge, and am able to confidently take on challenging roles in the field of Education; provide guidance to new and upcoming Educationists; and give back to society in terms of guiding students in the areas of personal and professional development.'

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Fadzi Mutambiranwa

Graduate Certificate in Social Impact

Fadzi Mutambiranwa

Having worked within the not-for-profit sector for most of my working career, I was often really frustrated when great programs and initiatives came to an end due to funding issues. I came across the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact while looking at funding initiatives and immediately knew this course was what I was looking for. Not only does it explore new and innovative ideas, but it also encourages business, government and the not-for-profit sector to work collaboratively. Having guest lectures from some of the leading organisations and foundations is invaluable and the wealth of experience shared in all lectures is truly amazing. I have benefited from the networking opportunities and because of this course I really feel I’m a future world changer and know that there are others like me who will support, encourage, motivate and share ideas.
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Raj Patel

Master of Biomedical Science

Raj Patel

I am undertaking Masters of Biomedical Science by Research at UWA. I chose to specialise in Human Biology to enhance the knowledge I had gained from my Bachelor of Medical Science and because Human Biology is an area I'm passionate about. By studying at UWA I am able take part in cutting-edge research and its translation to healthy living, clinical diagnosis and treatment of disease. After my master's, I want to pursue a PhD with the aim of finding a cure for motor neuron disease. Perhaps it's an 'impossible' goal, but I believe it is one worth pursuing. I like the hands-on approach my course has because it has taken my learning beyond theory. I have learned to apply my knowledge through experiences like giving presentations, working in teams, and active involvement in our tutorials, and feel better prepared to get into the workforce because of it. I also like that our lecturers use real-life examples in their teaching. I chose to study at UWA because it's a leading Australian research university and has an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise. Also, all the courses at the University of Western Australia are well structured, giving you in equal amounts the practical knowledge and the theory needed to get you industry- ready. My decision to study here was also influenced by the fact that UWA academics are highly qualified, have extensive experience as researchers, teachers, advisers or consultants and have significant professional experience in their field. I also love the environment here; the University is centrally located and has beautiful green parks and great places to relax and to have coffee. I've met so many nice people here. The experience has broadened my horizon and really changed my view about many things.
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