Master of Midwifery

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Master of Midwifery


This program is not currently open for applications

Program summary

Become a leader in maternal healthcare.

If you are a Registered Midwife, the Master of Midwifery provides an opportunity for you to engage in education designed to enhance your qualities, capabilities and competencies to provide contemporary approaches to women’s health, maternity and infant care. The Master of Midwifery program supports Registered Midwives in developing the necessary skills for clinical leadership, research and advanced practice roles and provides opportunity for continuing professional development. The program places an emphasis on the social, psychological, emotion, spiritual and cultural factors that influence health and wellbeing during women’s childbearing years. The program is 1.5 years in length and may be studied on either a full-time or part-time basis.

The program also offers flexible learning opportunities and supports independent research project work in evaluating and translating evidence for midwifery practice. The program prepares graduates to work in increasingly diverse maternity care settings and leadership roles.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in midwifery or nursing from a recognised tertiary education provider, or equivalent qualification, and
  • be registered midwives, and
  • hold a current practicing certificate

Applicants who are Registered Midwives in Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) who do not have a Bachelor qualification may be considered for admission based on extensive industry experience (minimum 5 years) and will require approval by the Program Coordinator and Head of School.

The Master of Midwifery offers a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) as well as domestic fee paying places. Offers for both CSP and fee paying places will be made after the application due date for the program.

CSP will be allocated on the basis of your Grade Point Average in the degree used to meet admission requirements and/or your industry experience. Applicants falling below the demand-driven cut-off for a CSP may be offered a domestic fee paying place subject to capacity limitations.

Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and permanent visa holders enrolled in a fee paying place will have the option of applying for a CSP in subsequent semesters if one becomes available. In these cases, the student’s current GPA in the Master of Midwifery will be used to assess eligibility for a CSP place using the same entry cut-off applied for new CPS entrants during that admission period.

Professional recognition

Upon completion of the Masters of Midwifery, graduates can work in a range of settings and roles, including: Public or private maternity and neonatal care settings; Rural and remote health settings; Academia/teaching; Research; Clinical management; Clinical leadership; Policy development and International development.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Required courses (12) 144 units

Select the following 6 courses (72 units):

NUR703 Infant Care
NUR704 Leadership in Clinical Practice
NUR713 Independent Study
NUR721 Research in Health Care
NUR740 Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Care

PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from :

PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods
HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice

PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from :

NUR708 Learning and Teaching in the Practice Environment
NUR709 Professional Internship

PLUS select either 48 units:
HLT703 Special Project: Evaluating Practice Knowledge (24 units)
HLT704 Special Project: Translating Knowledge into Practice (24 units)
OR select:
NUR731A Research Project A (0 units)
NUR731B Research Project B (0 units)
NUR731C Research Project C (0 units)
NUR731F Research Project F (48 units)

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 144

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate students must:

  • Students are required to complete 144 units as listed below
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination is required
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods including, for example, essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests, and examinations
  • Some courses in this program require project work and/or independent study and therefore have limited on-campus contact. Please refer to individual course descriptions
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • Teaching sessions include Semester 1, Semester 2, Session 4 and Session 8

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
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How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

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Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

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