Postgraduate Student Profiles

Jack Mitchell - Master of English Studies

Jack Mitchel

“The degree really fitted my desire to read and to study literature. It offers a great diversity of subjects, with a focus on literature of different kinds. I am content knowing that wherever I end up over the coming years I will take my increased academic ability and love of English with me.”


Larasati Indrawagita - Master of Health Communication

Larasati Indrawagita

“Coming from a developing country, studying here has significantly advanced my perspectives in how to apply health communication approaches properly; particularly through the class discussions which are very free and open to any logical argument. This has guided me to produce some new ideas I never thought of before.“


Patricia Raya - Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

Patricia Raya

“I have always been passionate about cultural heritage but my undergraduate degree is quite unrelated. I chose this program because I wanted to expand my knowledge and understanding of heritage issues and to develop a career in the field – whether it be in a museum or a heritage site. During my internship at Parramatta Park Trust, I catalogued a number of objects and researched their significance to the heritage site. It helped me narrow down what type of museum and heritage work I would like to do.”


Hannah Morena Espinoza - Master of Strategic Public Relations

Hannah Morena Espinoza

“The intersection of theory and practise promoted throughout the degree, and that between hard and soft skills as required in public relations generally, speaks highly to my generalist and highly-adaptable nature. Being able to confidently write on behalf of CEO's and Managing Directors on topics at which they are experts is also a source of enormous pride.”


Adrian Enright - Master of Development Studies

Adrian Enright

“I chose to study this program to help develop my theoretical understanding of how sustainable development in poorer countries can be facilitated most effectively. My internship gave me outstanding experience and industry-links which allowed me to pursue an area of particular interest, and draw on professional networks to write a small paper, which benefited WWF and was submitted as part of my course. The internship also later led to me being offered my existing position with WWF as their Climate Change Policy Manager.”


Kara Hooper - Master of Economics

Kara Hooper

“The Master of Economics program offers a great balance between theoretical and applied subjects. Completing the core theoretical units gave me a solid understanding of economic principles. I was then able to build on these skills with more applied subjects in areas such as trade, development and labour economics.”


Kathryn Grace Bache - Master of Economic Analysis

Kathryn Grace Bache

“I want to use economics to affect change in the world. A professor once told me, economics is about building a better world and I hope to do that.”


Niaz Ahmed - Master of Human Rights and Democratisation

Niaz Ahmed

“This well-crafted multidisciplinary program drew connections between theory and practice, and the coursework was based on recent developments in human rights and democratisation. Within a year of returning to Pakistan, I was offered a role with Democracy Reporting International, where I worked on electoral reforms for Pakistan’s upper house. I will soon be joining the UK Government’s Department for International Development, where I will look after projects for the promotion of democracy and human rights in Pakistan.”


Melissa Martin - Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

Melissa Martin

“The courses offered in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, such as Gender, Peace and Justice; Conflict-Resolving Media; and Community Mediation appealed to me as they provide both practical experience and theoretical knowledge. The academics teaching the courses have extensive real-world experience, which I found helpful when thinking about career paths after graduating.”


Justin Burke - Master of US Studies

Justin Burke

“The US Studies Centre’s cross disciplinary approach meant that we engaged with topics from many different perspectives, without being bogged down in tired methodological feuds. The range of core subjects forced me out of my comfort zone, but the electives gave me the freedom to explore my favourite topics in greater depth.“