NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

Family Support Studies School of Political Science and Sociology College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MA, PDip DURATION: 2 years, part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 18 COURSE INSTANCE(S): MA—1FS2; PDip—1FS3 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. CLOSING DATE: 26 May 2021

Your Course The primary focus of family support is on early intervention and prevention, aiming to promote and protect the health, well-being and rights of all children, young people and their families, paying particular attention to those who are vulnerable or at risk. The aim of this programme is to further the education and skills of professionals with a common interest in family support. This is a two-year, part-time programme, and students are required to attend college two days every second week over four semesters with the agreement of their employers. There are seven modules in total in the programme: three of these are core modules and are taught in both years. The full list of modules is on the course website. 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. Minimum Entry Requirements Participants will have a third-level qualification or a recognised professional qualification in a field broadly related to family support service delivery. In addition, as the programme is not geared towards individuals coming out of undergraduate programmes, a minimum of three years’ work experience in the health and social services area will be required of candidates. As there currently exists a set of practitioners working with children and families who, despite a wealth of skills, have not attained a formal, recognised undergraduate qualification, two places may be offered on the programme at the PDip (Family Support Studies) level. FIND OUT MORE AT: family-support-studies.html

CONTACT Dr Carmel Devaney T: +353 91 495 733 E:

3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE 1. Unique in Europe: Established in 2003, this programme is the only one of its kind in Europe with an emphasis on applying a family support orientation across a wide range of practice and policy arenas. 2. Flexibility: The part-time nature of this programme means it may be suitable for those in full- time employment. 3. Broad appeal: The programme suits students from many backgrounds due to the interdisciplinary nature of family support studies.

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