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Overview

Master of Family Studies

Students may commence the Master of Family Studies (International Family Studies) program in Trimester 3 each year. Students wishing to complete a general program, or to specialise in Intensive Family Practice or Working with Men and Fathers can commence their studies in Semester 1 or Semester 2.

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 intensive family support and counselling, working with men and fathers, disability and drug and alcohol abuse. Skilled and highly educated workers in these areas 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 and blended delivery learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study.

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, community 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.

Career Pathways

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 family 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.

Specialisations

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:

Note: Students completing the Intensive Family Practice Specialisation must attend compulsory workshops at Newcastle. Please review the timetable information for specific courses (subjects).

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. There are core and compulsory courses in each specialisation in the program. In addition, 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 or working with men and fathers. If you prefer to specialise your qualification in one of the three 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 developing  your advanced skills and expertise and better preparing you for real world settings through intensive face to face workshops held in Newcastle.

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

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Master of Family Studies program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education and/or work experience.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years Relevant Experience and Professional Development Number of Units Required to Complete the Masters program (10 units = 1 course)
Bachelor (Hons) degree, OR a 3 year Bachelor degree PLUS a Graduate Certificate/Diploma in a related field of study. Zero 80
3 Year Bachelor Degree in a non-related Field of Study One 120
3 Year Bachelor Degree in a related Field of Study Zero 120
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a related field of study (including Hospital Trained Nurses). Three 120
Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in a non-related field of study (including Hospital Trained Nurses). Five 120

 

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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I found the Master of Family Studies to be very helpful within the context of my work which includes counselling individuals, couples and families.  I also work with different cultures, predominantly our refugee population, and this course added a richness to my ‘world view’; how I construct meaning,  through challenges in the learning program.

I found the instructors were very available - something I valued, as an external student through Gradschool.  Overall - I would recommend this course.

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Working as a mental health clinician in one of Sydney’s most disadvantaged LHD’s I have found that the Master of Family Studies has added depth and richness to my knowledge of working with families within a cultural sensitive and trauma-focused framework.

The course provided a great diversity in topics, and applicability to one’s day-to-day clinical role, whilst also challenging us to broaden our concepts of what families mean and the role we play in being able to facilitate the healing process (only to name a few). 

The Lecturers and tutors were very supportive and forthcoming to share their knowledge and experiences. Overall I would highly recommend the course for those seeking to broaden and enrich their knowledge of working with families.

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