Student experiences

Here is a selection of testimonials from current students enrolled in units of study available as part of EMASS.

Nishan David Varatharajan, Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences

Nishan David Varatharajan, Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences

Nishan David Varatharajan

“After seven years working in the non-profit sector, including co-founding social enterprise fashion label ‘Bloodless’, it was time for me to move from broadcasting symptoms of inequality to understanding and tackling the systems that create inequality.

The Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences allows for interdisciplinary study to an extent unparalleled by any postgraduate degree in Australia.

I have been able to move between the departments of Sociology and Philosophy, as well as into the University’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning as I look to see how technology can be used to solve some of the world’s biggest problems

I have worked on mobile applications, digital marketing campaigns and theoretical frameworks related to social innovation.

By allowing myself two years to deep dive into the study of ethics, political science, social theory and design, I have been able to combine my skills as a social entrepreneur and presenter with a robust understanding of the world I am hoping to change. This has already helped me serve the people I work with as we unleash our creativity to find tomorrow’s solutions, today.”

Sian Hutchinson, Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences

Sian Hutchinson, Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences

Sian Hutchinson

“After completing undergraduate degrees in Law and International Relations, I am working towards the Executive Master of Arts and Social Sciences. It’s allowing me to develop my academic skills and putting me back into a theoretical headspace, but across multidisciplinary subject areas.

I have enjoyed applying some new theories and skills to the major group project in my crisis communications course. I have always worked in high-pressure policy areas and this project has helped me develop new and different skills.

My career has focused on ‘wicked’ public policy issues. After graduating, I worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade then moved into the role of Director of Community Engagement for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. My current role is in the complex area of countering violent extremism for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

While my legal training has been useful in all of my roles, my master’s degree is pushing me to improve my academic writing and research skills, which will also be useful in my career. I don’t know of any other master’s level program in Australia that allows you the opportunity to tailor your studies in such a multidisciplinary way.”