The University of Newcastle, Australia
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International entry requirement

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 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 12200

Study midwifery

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. The University of Newcastle has a holistic approach to the study of midwifery, with an emphasis on health promotion and clinical practice.

Our Bachelor of Midwifery is a degree that 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 the learning experiences of our midwifery students are guided and supported by clinicians who are a part of the workforce.

Why study with us?

  • Rural clinical placements available – you now have the option to undertake your studies at Manning Education Centre (Taree) and undertake your professional experience in a rural clinical placement location. These locations include Manning Base Hospital, Port Macquarie Hospital and Kempsey Hospital, and you will be allocated at one of these hospitals for the full three years.
  • Be work-ready - students complete a minimum of 1,400 hours of clinical experience throughout their degree.
  • Accreditation - upon graduation you are eligible to apply for registration to practice 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.
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1,400 hours of clinical placement
ANMAC ? accredited degree
94% Employed ? within four months of graduating
12 ? Medical and Health Sciences areas rated at 'well above world standard'

What you will study

The Bachelor of Midwifery degree is designed to sequentially build midwifery knowledge and skills. In the first-year, students study courses in fundamental concepts of the midwifery profession and normal pregnancy and birth psychophysiology.

In the second year, students expand their knowledge base and learn about women with complex care needs including:

  • Mental health conditions
  • Pregnancy related conditions
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Care of the unwell newborn
  • Birth emergencies
  • Consultation and collaboration

In the final year, students continue to build skills and knowledge and progress to beginning level practitioners consolidating clinical skills and integrating research into practice.

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

NOTE: This program includes a clinical placement component. Allocation of clinical placement venue will determine campus of enrolment.

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


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 your degree's structure and what courses 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.

View the full course list

Practical experience

Midwifery at the University of Newcastle 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 health facilities listed below.

You will have hands-on experience with women during:

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


Detailed information on each of the available Clinical Placement locations.

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.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

By studying midwifery at the University of Newcastle you have excellent chances of securing employment after you finish. In 2018, 94% of our midwifery graduates were employed within four months of completing their degree1.

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.

  • Child and Family Health Nurse
  • Clinical Midwife Educator
  • Clinical Midwife Specialist
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Registered Midwife
  • University Lecturer/Academic

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.

  • Aid Worker
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Genetic Counsellor
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Sonographer

Source: 1 Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2018

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).