Family Support Studies

It has a strong emphasis on applying a range of FS theories and concepts and in a range of practices across a wide range of roles and disciplines in the human services arena. The programme incorporates skills and knowledge on social science research and evaluation.


1. Research-led teaching: this programme is informed by contemporary research and evidence on Family Support and related areas in a broad range of contexts.

2. Unique: established in 2003, this programme is the only one of its kind in Europe with an emphasis on applying family support across practice and policy.

3. Flexibility with broad appeal: the interdisciplinary nature of family support studies and the part-time programme suits practitioners working in a range of areas.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Participants will have a third-level qualification or a recognised professional qualification and one years' work experience in a related field. Practitioners who have not attained an undergraduate qualification may apply for a place at the PDip level.

Application dates

WHEN TO APPLY: University of Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

1FS2 (MA); 1FS3 (PDip)


2 years part-time.

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates will have the opportunity to enhance their careers in a wide range of service areas at both practitioner and manager level, working in state and voluntary services on behalf of children and families. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the family support area, the programme is geared towards those working in social work, social care, community work, public health nursing, disability, education, justice, social welfare, early years, gerontology and other related fields.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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