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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
Program Code40313

Program handbook


The Master of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) program will prepare Registered Nurses to be eligible for registration as midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Graduates will be educationally prepared to practice across the full scope of midwifery meeting the International Confederation of Midwives International Definition of a Midwife and the NMBA Midwife Standards for Practice.

On graduation, students will be eligible for registration as a midwife in Australia, and take up the role as midwives, contributing to the health and wellbeing of women and babies. The Master of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) program will also facilitate graduates' advanced midwifery knowledge in existing and emerging health care delivery roles with a goal of improved patient outcomes.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • the professional preparedness to promote health, prevent illness, and minimise harm, through the philosophy of woman-centredness
  • specialised theoretical and technical skills for safe and ethical midwifery practice with women and their babies across multiple models of care
  • the ability to critically engage using best evidence, communication skills, theory, collaboration, and reflection to make safe midwifery judgements, across regional, rural and metropolitan situations, and by engaging with other health disciplines
  • deep understandings of the health inequity caused by the impact of colonisation on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • the reflective ability to provide appropriate midwifery services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and to women with specific ethnic and other diverse needs, and their babies
  • the capabilities to interpret and transmit maternity health information to women and families
  • the confidence and competence to contribute to, promote, and, potentially, lead the midwifery profession through practice, teaching, research and community engagement


Information correct as at25 Jan 2022 12:39 pm
Program code40313
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
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    Admission information

    Admission requirements

    • Completion of an AQF Level 7 (or higher) nursing degree,
    • Current registration as a Nurse (Division 1) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, meeting the Recency of Practice registration standard,
    • Documented evidence of acceptance of a MidStart position in NSW Health.

    Minimum English language proficiency requirements

    All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

    Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 7.0.

    Credit transfer

    If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

    Compulsory program requirements

    Post-admission requirements

    • NSW Health Verification Requirements

    Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

    In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses to progress in their program.

    MIDI6124 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2

    MIDI6212 - Midwifery Professional Experience 3

    MIDI6221 - Midwifery Professional Experience 4

    Professional recognition

    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).

    Academic requirements for program completion

    Total units required

    160 units

    Program duration

    2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

    Program requirements

    The Master of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) program consists of 160 units of core courses, including:

    • 140 units of core midwifery courses
    • 10 units of core Indigenous midwifery care courses
    • 10 units of core public health courses.

    Midwifery education and midwifery professional practice require students to be committed to study and professional practice that can be mentally and physically demanding. Students will engage in simulated practice in specially designed simulation laboratories and will conduct emotional, social and physical examinations of childbearing women on midwifery placement under the supervision of a midwife/obstetrician. Students engage in peer learning on campus and virtually.

    Students will complete midwifery professional experiences that include:

    • Midwifery Professional Experience Placement with hands-on experience during the antenatal period, labour and birthing, and the postnatal period.
    • Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE) where students develop relationships with childbearing women - a minimum of 10 relationship-based experiences as the on-call clinician for expectant mothers.

    Program plans

    Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

    The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

    You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

    Program structure

    Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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    Core Courses

    Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

    CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
    INDH6510Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Childbearing Women
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
    10 units
    MIDI6110Midwife: 'With woman'
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
    10 units
    MIDI6111Women in Pregnancy
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
    10 units
    MIDI6112Midwifery Professional Experience 1
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 1 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
    10 units
    MIDI6120Women in Labour
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
    10 units
    MIDI6121Women and their babies in the postnatal time
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
    10 units
    MIDI6122Perinatal Mental Health
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
    10 units
    MIDI6124Midwifery Professional Experience 2
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Manning Base Hospital)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (GOSFORD)
    10 units
    MIDI6210Women with Complex PregnanciesNot currently offered10 units
    MIDI6211Women with Complex LaboursNot currently offered10 units
    MIDI6212Midwifery Professional Experience 3Not currently offered20 units
    MIDI6220Women with postnatal complexities and/or unwell babiesNot currently offered10 units
    MIDI6221Midwifery Professional Experience 4Not currently offered20 units
    PUBH6302Social and Ecosystem Health
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
    • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
    10 units

    Additional information

    Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

    International students

    Admission is not available to International Applicants (non Australian Citizens/Residents).

    Additional support

    AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

    Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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