Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.
The University of Newcastle’s Master of Family Studies has been designed to enhance your theoretical and practical knowledge in core areas of family practice including family processes, working with risk and trauma in families and family diversity. You will be equipped with the necessary expertise to pursue leading roles in family work-based positions and to work inter-professionally to address complex problems in families and community.
You'll have the opportunity to study beside international students and learn from international faculty through our shared courses with the Global Consortium of International Family Studies.
In the Master of Family Studies program, you will complete six core courses, and a further two to six directed courses (depending on your AQF level of admission) to enable you to tailor your studies to your interest areas.
You will learn about family dynamics and acculturation, and perspectives on international policy and practice, through interactions with international faculty members and students. You will apply your advanced specialist knowledge and skills of a variety of methodological, practical and theoretical approaches to diverse professional, national and international contexts.
Key areas of study include:
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Graduates will have the expertise to effectively support families in areas such as intensive family support and counselling, working with men and fathers, intergenerational trauma, or family violence. Your advanced skills and knowledge will increase your employment potential in the social and human services in universities, schools, non-profit organisations, hospitals, home health and long-term care agencies and government.
Possible career paths may include: