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Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
Start datesTrimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021), Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021), Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021), Trimester 1 (25 Jan 2021), Trimester 2 (10 May 2021), Trimester 3 (23 Aug 2021),
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CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 098482M
Program Code40143

Study Midwifery

The University of Newcastle's Master of Midwifery Studies is designed to develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary midwifery theories and practice which will enable you to demonstrate leadership within the midwifery profession and contemporary maternity services.

Extending your midwifery foundational education in this way will place you in an optimum position to positively influence future midwifery practice and maternity services provision.

Why study with us?

  • Enhance your midwifery professional practice - registered midwives looking to enhance their careers will have the opportunity to choose one of four specialisations to study.
  • Enhance your contemporary midwifery knowledge - the program is developed by midwifery academics in consultation with industry partners.
  • Ranked 3rd in Australia for overall graduate satisfaction (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-2019 – Postgraduate – Nursing Category)

Master of Midwifery Studies

What you will study

Grounded in the provision of woman-centred, primary midwifery care, the University of Newcastle Master of Midwifery Studies combines contemporary theories encompassing a holistic view of midwifery, including the social, emotional, cultural and psychophysiological factors which influence health and wellbeing.

Key study areas include:

  • Contemporary Midwifery Practice
  • Midwifery and Cultural Diversity
  • Optimising Childbearing
  • Introduction to Research in Health Care

To help you achieve your career objectives, you will also have the opportunity to focus your learning by choosing to specialise in any one of the following four specialist areas:

  • Midwifery primary care - focuses on providing comprehensive woman-centred, midwifery primary care to childbearing women and their babies.
  • Clinical education - focuses on learning the knowledge and skills to support and teach midwifery students and assist in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of midwifery education and professional development programs of maternity staff.
  • Research - focuses on conducting research into all aspects of midwifery care, professional issues affecting midwives and midwifery, maternity service provision and translation of health research knowledge into midwifery practice and health policy.
  • Leadership and management - focuses on the effective management of staffing, policy and financial resources and leading the coordination and delivery of care in a maternity ward, department or in community settings.

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.

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Career

Career opportunities

Upon completion, you will have developed a solid foundation in contemporary maternity healthcare frameworks, midwifery care and contexts of practice for Indigenous women. By specialising your midwifery qualifications, you will have the knowledge and qualifications to open doorways to roles in midwifery primary care group practice models, clinical education, midwifery management, research and academia, or clinical midwifery specialist and consultant roles.

Prospective career paths may include:

  • midwifery primary care or privately practicing midwifery with endorsement
  • midwifery clinical educator
  • midwifery manager / unit manager
  • midwifery researcher
  • clinical midwife specialist / consultant
  • family health midwife

How to apply

Applying for Master of Midwifery Studies

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Domestic Applicants

Applicants must be a registered midwife with:

  • Honours; or
  • A postgraduate qualification; or
  • A minimum of one year's experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.
International Applicants

Applicants must be a registered midwife or a registered nurse working in a maternity environment in their own country, with a minimum of one year's experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.

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.

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Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: All applicants must provide a copy practicing certificate with an authorised midwifery registration authority.

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Applications to study are now open. Submit your application now.

Important: All applicants must provide a copy practicing certificate with an authorised midwifery registration authority.

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This program is open to online international students. Applications to study online are now open.