Master of Family Studies

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Overview

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Family Studies is a newly developed program designed for students looking to advance their career opportunities in family study fields.

The program has been designed to enhance your theoretical and practical knowledge in core areas including family studies and cultural diversity, equipping you with the necessary expertise to pursue leading roles in family work based positions.

The Master of Family Studies can be either structured as a general program or with a specialisation in one of the following areas:

As a graduate you will be qualified to effectively support families in areas such as dispute resolution, counselling, disability and drug and alcohol abuse. Skilled and highly educated workers in this area of expertise are essential. The Master of Family Studies will prepare you with these skills, ensuring you are equipped to deal with the complex issues that arise in varied cultural, social and political contexts.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Master of Family Studies at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Family Studies is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you looking for a career that enables you to make a real difference in people’s lives? Do you have a bachelor degree in a related field? The Master of Family Studies could be the advanced program that gives your career the meaning you’ve been seeking.

You may be looking to this program for a career change or to enhance your career potential in family studies. Either way the Master of Family Studies will provide you with an advanced educational foundation, preparing you with the required knowledge and skills to succeed in your chosen setting.

Throughout the program you will be provided with opportunities to apply your acquired learnings in a practical setting to better prepare you for professional roles in family service management, family program coordination or research and policy development in government, non-government and corporate sectors, just to name a few.

The expertise of academics within the course will provide you with invaluable guidance and advice, contributing significantly to your learning and development. You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the University of Newcastle’s national and international partnerships and accessibility to the Family Action Centre. You will have access to professionals that are actively engaged in the provision of family programs, research and policy advocacy helping you to gain a true understanding of possible career paths.

For more information on what you will study throughout this advanced program, visit the ‘Study’ tab.

Study

The Master of Family Studies is a newly developed program designed to enhance your theoretical and practical knowledge in core areas including family studies and cultural diversity, equipping you with the necessary expertise to pursue leading roles in family work based positions.

The program has been designed to offer maximum flexibility, depending on your career objectives. You can choose to complete the general Master of Family Studies program (80 or 120 units) or take on a specialisation from the following professional areas:

The flexibility of its structure and diversity of its offerings makes this program unique. You will have control over what you study to best achieve your career goals. The general Master of Family Studies allows you to select courses from a prescribed list of directed courses enabling you to tailor your program and best align with preferred disciplines including ageing, disability services, drug and alcohol studies, children and families. If you prefer to specialise your qualification in one of the four areas identified above you will also be offered flexibility in selecting courses from a prescribed list of directed courses.

The program also offers valuable practical components, providing you with opportunities to apply your learned theories and practices, further enhancing your skills and expertise and better preparing you for real world settings.

Applicants wishing to pursue a specialisation in either Relationships Counselling or Family Dispute Resolution should note that these specialisations do not officially commence until 2014. However, there are a limited number of courses available from these streams that can be completed in 2013. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your options.

Applicants interested in the International Specialisation are advised to complete their first core course (HLSC6106) in Trimester 3 2013. However, it may be possible for these students to complete one or more directed courses prior to Trimester 3. Contact us to discuss your options.

To find out more about where the Master of Family Studies can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

 

Careers

Using your interdisciplinary knowledge acquired from the University of Newcastle’s Master of Family Studies, you will be able to focus on 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 not only the quality of direct services, but by also seeking to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies.

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 in government. You will be able to leverage your career by taking on roles including:

  • 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.

With your internationally recognised Master of Family Studies under your belt, you will be able to pursue a career that enables you to make a real difference in people’s lives no matter where you are in the world.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Family Studies visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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