Family Support Studies
This programme aims to enhance the education and skills of professionals working in the field. The programme enables students to develop in-depth understanding of social problems, their causes and policy solutions. It provides a strong foundation in family support theory and its application across a range of practices, roles and disciplines in the human services, as well as practical social science research and evaluation skills required in the sector.
This is a two-year part-time programme. Students attend college one to two days every second week over four semesters with the agreement of their employers. Established in 2003, this programme is unique in Europe with its emphasis on applying a family support approach across a wide range of social practice and policy areas.
YEAR ONE (45 CREDITS)
• Family Support Theory I
• Family Support Practice I
• Families and Children in Society and Policy I
• Working with Specific Populations
• Child Protection and Family Support
• Community Development and Families
• Family Support Practice Seminars
• Dissertation Workshops
YEAR TWO (45 CREDITS)
• Family Support Theory II
• Family Support Practice II
• Families and Children in Society and Policy II
• Law and Family Support
• Health Promotion and Families
• Social Science Research Dissertation
A third-level qualification or a recognised professional qualification in a field broadly related to Family Support service delivery. Participants must have a minimum of one year work experience in health or and social services areas. Applicants with relevant professional experience who do not meet the formal qualifications requirement may be considered for entry into the PDip in the first instance.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants with relevant professional experience who do not meet the formal qualifications requirement may be considered for entry into the PDip in the first instance.
Please view the offer rounds website at https://www.universityofgalway.ie/postgrad-admissions/key-dates/
Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System
MA: Two years, part-time
PDip: One year, part-time
Next start date September 2024
Closing Date Offers are made on a rolling basis
Post Course Info
Graduates of the PDip/MA in Family Support Studies will have enhanced career prospects in a wide range of service areas, at practitioner and manager level, working in state and voluntary services on behalf of children and families. Areas where family support is applicable include social work, social care, community work, public health nursing, disability, education, justice, social welfare, early years, gerontology, and other related fields.