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 practice, programs and services.

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 is a single stream post-graduate degree that will prepare you to work interprofessionally to address complex problems in families and community. You’ll enrol in a stream-lined degree that offers cutting-edge concepts and strategies in areas that matter most to family and community professionals.

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, intergenerational trauma, or family violence . 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.

Program Structure

There are 6 Core Family Studies courses and you have a choice of a further 2-6 Directed Courses to tailor your studies to your interests.  Students can commence the program in either Trimester 1 or Trimester 2 each year, and courses are run in Trimesters rather than Semesters. Trimester-run courses allow students to progress quickly towards graduation, even when studying part time.

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.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
Location

Online
On Campus + Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8-12 (Click here to determine the number of courses you will need to complete).

Program Code

12277

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Campus Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8-12 (Click here to determine the number of courses you will need to complete).
Program Code

12277

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Global Education Experience

In the UON’s Master of Family Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to study beside international students and learn from international faculty through our shared courses with the Global Consortium of International Family Studies (GCIFS). The Consortium is a partnership of universities around the world devoted to advancing the field of family studies globally. Members include the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (U.S.A.), the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), and the University of Newcastle (Australia).

This is a unique model of intercultural education that will enhance your capacity to support family wellbeing and resilience across diverse populations. Students learn about family dynamics and acculturation, and perspectives on international policy and practice, through interactions with international faculty members and students.

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 degree 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.

The diversity of its offerings makes this program unique. There are 6 Core Family Studies courses and you’ll have a choice of a further 2-6 Directed Courses to tailor your studies to your interests.

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

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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.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a 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.

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Family Studies? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Family Studies and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies, please visit the program page.

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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Courses and Details

Program Code 12277
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
  • On Campus + Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

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 Master of Family Studies (MFamStud) 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.

Admission 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.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Family Studies consists of 120 units for AQF level 7 admission or 80 units for AQF level 8 admission.

Program requirements for the Master of Family Studies:

60 units of Core Courses; plus

20 units of Directed Courses for AQF level 8 admissions

OR

60 units of Directed Courses for AQF level 7 admissions.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following 60 units of Core Courses.

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC6106 Foundations in Family Studies Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6107 Family Diversity Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6126 Engaging Fathers in Family Work Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6127 Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6507 Family-Centred Practice Across The Lifecourse Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6519 Applying a Trauma Informed Approach in Family Work Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool) 10 units

Directed Courses List A

Complete a minimum of 10 units from this list.

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC6105 Engaging Families and Communities Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6112 Father-Infant Attachment and Co-Parenting: Theory and Intervention Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6505 Families and Migration Not currently offered 10 units
HLSC6506 Evaluation and Evidence-based Practice Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6509 Family Strengths and Challenges around the World Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6510 International Perspectives on Family Policy Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6511 Special Project in Family Studies Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6514 Child-Centred Practice in Family Work Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
HLSC6515 Strengths and Risks in Family Work Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool) 10 units
HLSC6516 Embedded Counselling Skills for Family Practitioners Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses List B

Complete a maximum of 10 units from this list.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6163 Collaborative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Early Childhood Intervention Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6640 Social Science Research Methods Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply advanced specialist knowledge and skills in the application of a variety of methodological, practical and theoretical approaches in Family Studies, to a range of professional contexts
  • Practically apply advanced knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between communities and families to a range of professional contexts
  • Apply advanced skills to the integration of multi and trans-disciplinary approaches to families through practice skills, research or other scholarly work
  • Apply advanced skills and knowledge to evaluate, analyse and advocate for programs and policies that enable appropriate supports for families in specific national and/or international contexts
  • Apply advanced understandings of the strengths and challenges of families as they manifest in different cultural and geographical locations
  • Apply specialist knowledge, skills and capacities for effective participation and communication in diverse family program and policy contexts

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Students eligible to articulate from the Grad Cert in Family Studies to the Master of Family Studies will be awarded 40 units of internal credit towards either the 80 unit or 120 unit program.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.  Applicants will be assessed on an individual basis. Strategies for program-specific online student support will be developed in consultation with participating students.

Special Needs

The University policy on Students with Special Needs is implemented at all times. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

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