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Family Studies, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #214 (QS) Online
The Family Studies program from University of Newcastle 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 Family Studies program from University of Newcastle will 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.

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations in Family Studies
  • Family Diversity
  • Engaging Fathers in Family Work
  • Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice
  • Family-Centred Practice Across The Lifecourse
  • Applying a Trauma Informed Approach in Family Work

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum of a three year degree in any area related to Family Studies or extended by a related postgraduate qualification. Applicants with a four year undergraduate degree in a related field or with other postgraduate qualifications or related experience, as demonstrated by a CV and statement of service, are welcome to seek credit in the Master degree.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34645 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34645 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    17025 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17025 AUD per year and a duration of 18 months.
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