Graduate Certificate in Family Studies

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Supporting families in their diversity of form and need is a priority in most nations and requires a skilled and highly educated workforce capable of working with complex issues in varied cultural, social and political contexts. The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies (GCertFamStud) provides students with comprehensive multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills to undertake policy development and service delivery directed towards strengthening families. The programs cater to the needs of people transitioning from a generalist degree into professional roles, those already working as practitioners and/or managers in family services, or those looking to build careers in policy or practice in the field of Family Studies. Throughout the program, students will be provided with several opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills required for successful professional roles in this field. Students have the option of an industry based project that provides a pathway into the international and domestic family services sector. Students will also have an opportunity to develop an understanding of research methodologies as they apply to practice fields related to Family Studies.

Additional Application Requirements

An applicant holding acceptable academic or professional qualifications at a Diploma level or higher and extensive relevant work experience may be eligible for admission. These qualifications and experience would need to be approved by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Health for eligibility for special entry.

If you are applying based on a qualification other than a completed Bachelors Degree (eg. Diploma) please submit a current copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), listing full qualifications and experience, directly to GradSchool. Your CV can be uploaded during the online application process.


The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies draws on the research and practice expertise of the University’s internationally renowned Family Action Centre, Discipline of Family Studies, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health. As a Centre engaged in the provision of family programs, research and policy advocacy, the Family Action Centre is well positioned to provide theoretical and practical education that will equip graduates for leading roles in family work positions or for the application of Family Studies in other professional roles in fields where understandings of families are important. The School of Health Sciences is one of the most comprehensive tertiary education providers for the health professions. The University of Newcastle is one of the leading suppliers of online postgraduate coursework in Australia, providing student-focussed support and online assistance to more than 3,000 students from over 60 countries.


It is envisaged that Family Studies graduates will work domestically or internationally in specialist areas of family work in the human services sector. Career options include:

  • Family Service Manager
  • Family Program Coordinator
  • Research and Policy Officer in government, non-government and corporate sectors.
  • Family and Relationship Services Practitioner
  • Specialist family work roles in nursing, allied health, youth work, drug and alcohol, mental health, early childhood, education, law.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies, visit the 'details' tab.

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