The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
Mode of delivery



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

UON 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 including family studies and cultural 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.

The Master of Family Studies with prepare you with the skills required to deal with complex issues that arise in varied cultural, social and political contexts.

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.
  • 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

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: Theory and Practice

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.