Augusta Itua

International Conflict Analysis MA

There are many opportunities offered at Kent and support is always available if you want to follow up an idea or a project. I enjoy being a part of a much larger community.

Why this area of study?

After completing my undergraduate degree in law, I was not sure if I wanted to pursue a career as a solicitor or barrister and thought a qualification in another discipline could prove beneficial.

Why did you choose Kent?

I was an undergraduate at Kent and was happy here. Also, Kent was particularly good for the discipline I wanted to study and I thought I would benefit from the diversity of the student and staff populations at Kent. The University’s proximity to London (and Europe) means that I can live in a happy, friendly and stimulating environment, while being a short flight away from opportunities that may be available to students across Europe.

There are many opportunities offered at Kent and support is always available if you want to follow up an idea or a project. I enjoy being a part of a much larger community.

Have you had a favourite module?

I enjoyed International Security in a Changing World because of the quality of the teaching and the structure of the module. It challenges the conventional approach to security and made me realise what an important role I have in shaping and constructing our perception and understanding of security.

What about the teaching?

The teaching is excellent. As a taught Master’s student, I am given lots of independence and trust. I think this is a very good approach to education and it has allowed me to build stronger relationships with classmates and lecturers.

How would you describe your fellow students?

We are a very diverse group from different social, political, religious and academic backgrounds. It is very exciting to have such diversity in a classroom, but it does require a significant amount of maturity and consideration for others, particularly in modules where sensitive issues are discussed.

What about the facilities at Kent?

The facilities are great! The library is excellent and people are very keen to explain and guide you through things. I like that there are so many different types of study environment available – quiet, group, with technology/technology free, with flipcharts, solo study environments, and so on. During exam periods, the students’ union offers students lots of opportunities to de-stress – free water and fruit, volleyball nets outside the library, a stress release tent, and so on.

Does postgraduate study differ from undergraduate study?

The biggest difference for me was the independence you have throughout your postgraduate studies. I was able to tailor my studies to my specific interests, namely terrorism and security. At undergraduate level, you study with people who are taking similar modules to you, whereas at postgraduate level everybody is doing something slightly different so you can truly learn from each other.

What is the level of support like for postgraduates?

I don’t think there is much difference between the level of support for undergraduate and postgraduate students, which I believe is a good thing! I have felt well supported throughout my studies at Kent.

How do you think your studies at Kent will affect your employment prospects?

I believe I have made the most out of the many opportunities provided at Kent to boost my employment prospects. I joined the Global Skills Award Programme and took part in workshops, career days, and so on. I am confident I will secure a job once I complete my dissertation and graduate – and have already secured interviews.

What do you plan to do next?

I have not yet made final plans. I have been accepted to join a 12-week project in East Africa with ICS Balloon Ventures. However, I would happily relocate to London and take advantage of the dynamic environment and the many opportunities that the City offers.