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Family Studies at UON

Enrol now in the graduate certificate and master in Family studies!

These programs are the first in Australia to cater to the needs of;

  • people transitioning from a generalist qualification into professional roles
  • those already working as practitioners and/or managers in family services
  • people looking to build careers in policy or practice in the field of Family Studies.

Our postgraduate programs will help you make positive changes to the ways you work with; families, communities, and fathers and men!

Are you interested in ongoing study to enhance your professional capacities? Our online courses and programs may be just what you are looking for.

Family Studies

Master of Family Studies (Program Code 12277)

The Master of Family Studies is an 80 unit or 120 unit coursework program (depending on entry level qualification).

It is a unique post graduate qualification tailored to a range of professional contexts.

Family Studies graduates have many career options. They often work in the areas of health, education and wellbeing. They do this (domestically and internationally) in specialist areas of family work in the human service sector, education industry and social assistance workforce.

Regardless of location or mode of study, students have full access to the facilities provided at all UON campuses.

In our Master of Family Studies, 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 (GCIFS). The Consortium is a partnership of universities around the world devoted to advancing the field of family studies globally. Members include the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (U.S.A.), the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), and the University of Newcastle (Australia).

This is a unique model of intercultural education that will enhance your capacity to support family wellbeing and resilience across diverse populations. Students learn about family dynamics and acculturation, and perspectives on international policy and practice, through interactions with international faculty members and students.

Graduate Certificate in Family Studies (Program Code 12276)

This is a 40 unit program.

The Graduate Certificate equips graduates with theoretical and practical knowledge to pursue leading roles in family work positions.

Students gain advanced knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between families and communities in a range of professional contexts.

Regardless of location or mode of study, students have full access to the facilities provided at all UON campuses.



The Family Action Centre is keen to support research higher degree students to advance our knowledge of strengthening families and increasing the capability of communities.

The FAC is a national leader in fatherhood research, with a focus on fathers of young children and babies and supporting these fathers in their relationship with their partners.  Our other major area of research is Strong Families: Capable Communities. The Centre’s considerable research in these fields provides evidence for policy and service system innovations that better mobilise capabilities to improve individual, family and community outcomes.

Candidates are considered on the following criteria:

  1. Academic track record in a relevant area
  2. Evidence of research capacity in a relevant area
  3. Evidence of academic writing (in English)
  4. Demonstrated prior interest in the proposed research topic and rationale for studying at the Family Action Centre

Relevant areas are for example; counselling, psychotherapy, psychology, social work, medicine, nursing, allied health, applied science, law, social science, education.

Within these areas, the Family Action Centre supports a broad range of research topics and methodologies and welcomes innovative proposals for research involving families.

Potential candidates should submit:

  1. A cover letter briefly addressing points 1 - 4 above
  2. A CV with certified copies of academic transcripts
  3. Copies of any published research papers or evidence of academic, postgraduate writing
  4. Research Proposal (maximum 4 pages) should include a brief literature review and outline the aims, methodology, timeline for completion and expected outcomes of the proposed study

To be considered, you will need to have achieved excellent results in your undergraduate studies and satisfy the University's English proficiency requirement (IELTS of at least 6.5)

To express your interest, please email



More information on scholarships coming soon.

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