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Family Studies, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 6 months
University rank #207 (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, enabling you to address complex problems confronting families and their communities.


You will be armed with the fundamental educational foundation and knowledge and skills to ensure you succeed in your chosen field.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from industry professionals – you will have access to professionals working within the Family Action Centre that are actively engaged in the provision of family programs, research and policy advocacy, and can help you gain a true understanding of potential career paths.
  • Hands-on experience – you will have the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience which will prepare you for professional roles in real-world settings.
  • Enhance your career opportunities – apply the practical skills and knowledge that you acquire during your studies to advance your career in family service management, family program coordination or research and policy development in both private and public sectors.
  • 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 of the Family Studies program from  University of Newcastle be qualified to effectively support and work with families including men and fathers in areas such as intergenerational trauma or family violence.

You will be prepared with the fundamental skills to deal with the complex issues that arise in varied family contexts, and work toward preventing as well as remediating problems whilst maintaining a commitment to improving overall quality of life. You will promote improved service delivery systems by addressing the quality of direct services, and by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies.

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
  • Engaging Families and Communities
  • Engaging Fathers in Family Work
  • Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice
  • Engaging Families and Communities
  • Father-Infant Attachment and Co-Parenting: Theory and Intervention
  • Engaging Fathers in Family Work

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 6 months
    • Average part-time duration 47 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    40 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 undergraduate degree; or a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, with a minimum of three years' experience in a related field, as demonstrated by a CV and Statement of Service.

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

    17565 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17565 AUD per year and a duration of 6 months.
  • National

    8470 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8470 AUD per year and a duration of 6 months.
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