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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

3 years full-time.

UON program code: 12200

Study midwifery at UON

Working with women and families, promoting optimal health outcomes for today and future generations.

Midwives are responsible for the care of women, babies and their families prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period. UON has a holistic approach to midwifery, with an emphasis on health promotion and clinical practice.

Our Bachelor of Midwifery has been developed in partnership with Hunter New England Area Local Health District and supported by Hunter New England Local Health District, Mid North Coast Local Health District, Central Coast Local Health District, Gosford Private Hospital and Newcastle Private Hospital. These close relationships mean that our midwifery students are guided and supported by clinicians who are a part of the workforce.

Why study with us?

  • Our midwifery graduates get jobs. In 2016, 98% of UON midwifery graduates were employed within four months of completing their degree.
  • Be work-ready - with a minimum of 1,400 hours of clinical experience graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practise as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (ANMAC).
  • Flexible delivery - Learn with a mix of face-to-face and online activities, with plenty of hands-on experience in clinical settings.

98% Employed ? within four months of graduating
1,400 hours of clinical placement
ANMAC ? accredited degree

What you will study

We guide and support our midwifery students to learn in a safe and welcoming environment. Our academics have strong backgrounds in midwifery practice.

You will learn contemporary midwifery practice, preparing you for new models of maternity care. This degree has a particular focus on primary health care, including health promotion, Indigenous health and woman-centred care. The Bachelor of Midwifery will develop your skills in areas such as:

  • antenatal care
  • labour and birthing care
  • postnatal care
  • care of the newborn baby

A mix of both face-to-face and online learning is available with this degree to ensure you are able to be with childbearing women during your practical experience.

Advanced study options

An Honours degree equips you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a research degree.

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree that allows you to complete a research project exploring a midwifery issue that is relevant to contemporary practice and birthing-women’s needs.

Midwifery (Honours) program handbook

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Master of Midwifery Studies

A postgraduate degree will advance your knowledge and qualifications, giving you a competitive career-edge.  Specialising your midwifery qualifications lets you expand your career options to management, education and consultancy positions.

Grounded in the provision of woman-centered care, UON’s Master of Midwifery Studies is a combination of contemporary theories encompassing a holistic view of midwifery which includes the social, emotional and cultural factors which influencing health and wellbeing.

The program is available to registered midwives and is undertaken over three trimesters (full-time). At the completion of your Master of Midwifery Studies you will have a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical application of the midwifery discipline at a high level.

Master of Midwifery Studies


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

Additional documents

View the full course list

Career opportunities

By studying midwifery at UON you have excellent chances of securing employment after you finish. In 2016, 98% of our midwifery graduates were employed within four months of finishing1.

The Bachelor of Midwifery is a specialised program that qualifies graduates to become registered midwives in Australia. Below is a list of the typical job titles for Midwifery graduates, including advanced roles that will require further study and experience beyond the undergraduate Midwifery qualifications.


Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Midwifery.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Source: 1 Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2016

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practise as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (ANMAC).

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (under AHPRA)

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Practical experience

Practical experience

Midwifery at UON gives you the opportunity to obtain approximately 1,400 hours of clinical experience in a maternity service environment.

There are two forms of clinical practice that you will participate in; clinical placement in a hospital and continuity of care relationships with childbearing women.

Clinical placement in a hospital

You will spend a minimum of 880 hours (over the three year period) in an allocated hospital in one of the following health facilities:

  • Taree
  • Scone
  • Muswellbrook
  • Singleton
  • Maitland
  • John Hunter and Belmont
  • Port Macquarie
  • Kempsey
  • Newcastle Private
  • Gosford Public or Gosford Private

You will have hands-on experience with women during:

  • the antenatal period
  • labour and birthing
  • the postnatal period

Continuity of care relationships with childbearing women

During your midwifery degree, you will also participate in a minimum of 10 relationship-based, continuity of care experiences (CCE) with childbearing women. Each relationship equates to approximately 20 hours of interactions. You will have a real-world experience as an on-call clinician for these women. The hours for this component of clinical experiences totals a minimum of 200 hours over the three years.

The remaining 320 hours will be spent in further CCE relationships OR additional allocated hospital experiences, depending on your allocated clinical placement venue and the models of care available.