“Flexible, supportive, exceptional,” that’s how Fayyaz Samji sums up his University of Liverpool online study experience.

Born in Toronto, Canada, of Tanzanian parents who moved to Canada in their early twenties, Fayyaz works in Toronto as a youth employment consultant and job developer for 360°kids, a non-profit organisation that helps vulnerable children, youth and families. He studied online for his Master of Public Health MPH degree with a specialisation in Management of Health Systems from the University of Liverpool, graduating in July 2016.

Why did you choose to study online for this degree with the University of Liverpool?
I made this choice because it allowed me to continue with my career locally while simultaneously furthering my education.

How did you fit online study into your life?
It was difficult sometimes balancing my studies alongside work, family and friends. However, managing online studies is possible if you get a little creative! For instance, while on a backpacking trip across South America with a close friend, I recall being on my laptop and completing one of my end-of-module assignments in a Peruvian hostel. That would not have been possible if I did not have the option to study online.

What did you enjoy most about studying online with the University of Liverpool?
What I enjoyed most about studying online with the University of Liverpool was gaining an international perspective on a variety of current public health topics and issues through weekly module discussions with my fellow classmates. These were invaluable experiences that can only come from studying with professionals from around the globe who are actively working locally in their respective fields.

What did you research for your degree?
My quantitative dissertation looked at the effectiveness of electronic cigarettes in aiding tobacco smoking reduction or cessation among adult smokers in Ontario, Canada. Read more about Fayyaz’ research.

Has your online degree helped you move ahead?
Completing the online Master of Public Health degree at the University of Liverpool has helped me open up doors to new opportunities and work experiences. I have also been able to advance my career in the public health and social services industry by putting into practice various theoretical frameworks, models and strategies that I learned from this programme.

What does it mean to you to finally graduate?
The University of Liverpool is a prestigious institution that has built an international reputation of academic excellence. Graduating from the University of Liverpool is therefore a great honour and a very proud moment.

What three words sum-up your experience with the University of Liverpool?
Flexible. Supportive. Exceptional.

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92% of University of Liverpool online alumni rate their overall experience studying with University of Liverpool as excellent or very good*

* Results gathered by the University of Liverpool in 2014 from 533 online alumni who responded to our survey (10% of those contacted).