The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
Mode of delivery



1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.

Program code: 12277

Study Family Studies

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.

Why study with us?

  • Gain an intercultural education – you will have the opportunity to study beside international students and learn from international leaders through our shared courses with the Global Consortium on International Family Studies, a partnership of international universities devoted to advancing the field of family studies globally.
  • Hands-on experience – you will have the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience which will prepare you for real-world settings through intensive face-to-face workshops held in Newcastle.
  • #1 in Australia for overall graduate satisfaction (Source QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-2019 – Postgraduate – Health Services & Support Category)
  • Enhance your career opportunities – apply the practical skills and knowledge that you acquire during your studies to advance your career in social and human services.
  • Flexible study options – at the University of Newcastle, you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.

Master of Family Studies professional student

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What you will study

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:

  • Foundations in Family Studies
  • Family Diversity
  • Engaging Fathers in Family Work
  • Responding to Domestic and Family Violence
  • Applying a Trauma-Informed Approach in Family Work

Program plans

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.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

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:

  • family service manager
  • family program coordinator
  • research and policy officer
  • international development worker specialising in family policy or programs
  • family and relationship services practitioner
  • specialist family work roles in nursing, allied health, youth work, drug and alcohol, mental health, early childhood, education, law.