Master of Midwifery Studies

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Overview

Practiced for centuries, midwifery is more than a job, it is a career built on skill, knowledge and practice wisdom. Grounded in the provision of woman-centred care, the University of Newcastle’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 influence 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.

By specialising your midwifery qualifications you can extend your career options to management, education and consultancy positions across the midwifery scope of practice.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can complete your Master of Midwifery Studies at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Master of Midwifery Studies is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The average course and programs costs listed on this page are the tuition costs for full fee paying students. Students with a graduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) pay a contribution towards the cost of their postgraduate education. The Australian Government pays the balance of the tuition costs.

Details of student contributions for CSP places are provided by the University of Newcastle Students Financials and Scholarships unit.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Commonwealth Supported Places are available in this program.

Number of Courses
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12

Program Code

10973

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

12
Program Code

10973

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Is It For You?

If you are a qualified midwife looking to progress your career into managerial, academic or consultancy roles, a Master degree is considered critical in making this a reality. The University of Newcastle’s Master of Midwifery Studies can accelerate your career path with a strategically developed program encompassing studies to enhance your theoretical foundations and ability to practically apply learned knowledge in a real world setting.

As a highly qualified midwife, you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, provide expert education and advice on health matters to women, their families and the wider community and assess and monitor the care provided to women and their babies. By the end of your studies, you will have developed a solid foundation in contemporary maternity healthcare frameworks along with furthering your expertise in specialised fields. The program offers you flexibility and the opportunity to explore the complex administrative side of midwifery through to topics such as change, leadership, and education. 

What Will You Study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Midwifery Studies supports the enhancement of registered midwives’ careers. Developed by academics in consultation with industry partners, it will provide you with the best possible educational foundation to start you on the road to midwifery career success.

You will study core courses in the areas of applied clinical midwifery research via comprehensive learning contract courses which involve the study of legal, ethical and cultural frameworks to further translate research into practice to optimise woman-centred care. In addition to core courses, you will study nine elective courses from an extensive list, enabling you to best align your degree with your personal career objectives.

With the majority of the program being delivered online, you will be afforded maximum flexibility. To assist you in completing the program, support is always available via phone or email. To enhance your learning, some courses benefit from face to face time and others involve workshops and other practical sessions. Although these are optional, depending on their accessibility to you, it’s a great opportunity to support your learning.

Career Opportunities

With your Master of Midwifery Studies you will be able to extend your career options within the health care field, undertake research into the cultures which shape and influence women’s health, explore complex issues in maternity care and engage in risk management strategies focussed on delivering clinical midwifery care and support for women, babies and their families.

In your role you will work collaboratively with other healthcare providers bringing to the table your contemporary, evidence-informed, midwifery skills. You will have the necessary knowledge and qualifications to open doorways to management, academia, clinical midwifery education or consultant roles.

By specialising your studies you will have the opportunity to explore the following roles as possible future career paths.

Midwifery Educator

As a midwifery educator you will support and teach midwifery students and assist in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of midwifery education and professional development programs of maternity staff.

Midwifery Manager

As a midwifery manager you are responsible for the effective management of staffing, policy and financial resources enabling the provision of safe, cost-effective midwifery care to women and their families within a specified midwifery unit, team or hospital.

Midwifery Researcher

As a midwifery researcher you will conduct research into all aspects of midwifery care, professional issues affecting midwives and midwifery, maternity service provision and maternal and infant health policy.

Midwifery Unit Manager

As a midwifery unit manager you are responsible for the coordination and delivery of care in a specific ward, department or in community settings. Working in collaboration with midwives and other health care professionals they provide optimal care to mothers and babies, facilitate staff development and undertake clinical research.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Midwifery Studies read the ‘Courses and Details’ tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

All registered midwifes are eligible to seek admission to the Master of Midwifery, and should include certified copies of academic transcripts with their online application.

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Midwifery Honours degree or postgraduate midwifery qualifications may seek credit towards the Master of Midwifery program.  

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

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 10973
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

The online program is organised into trimesters to allow busy midwives who have multiple roles and competing responsibilities to study at times suitable to them.

Admission Requirements

Registered Midwife. Applicants with a Bachelor of Midwifery Honours degree or a Registered Nurse with a postgraduate degree in Midwifery will be granted credit in the degree for previous studies.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language 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.

Requirements and Structure

Qualification for the award requires 80 units (AQF Level 8 Entry) or 120 units (AQF Level 7 or AQF Level 6 Entry) of course work.  The number of units undertaken depends on the AQF Level of the degree used to be admitted to the program.

All Students must undertake 40 units of CORE Courses.

Students entering with a Level 8 qualification undertake 40 units of Directed Courses, with a minimum of 30 units from Directed Course List A, with the remainder taken from either Directed Course List A or B.

Students entering with an AQF Level 7 or AQF Level 6 qualification undertake 80 units of Directed Courses, with a minimum of 30 units from Directed Course List A, with the remainder taken from either Directed Course List A or B.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses Group A

Directed Courses: Choose 30 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC6106 Foundations in Family Studies Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MIDI6520 Contemporary and Collaborative Evidence Based Midwifery Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MIDI6580 Midwifery Professional Practice Issues Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MIDI6591 Optimising Childbearing Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6035 Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
20 units
NURS6815 Special Care of the Newborn Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PHAR6703 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Midwifery Practice Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses Group B

Directed Courses: Choose the remaining 50 units from Directed Courses Group A or Group B (below).

Code Name Availability Units
HLSC6126 Engaging Fathers in Family Work Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6302 Social and Ecosystem Health Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6190 Gender and Social Change Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
10 units
SOCA6570 Social Change and Development Not currently offered 10 units
SOCA6590 Environmental Issues and their Social Context Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive and well founded knowledge of the discipline of midwifery studies
  • Displays effective written and/or oral communication skills within a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Demonstrate ability to apply advanced knowledge in midwifery studies
  • Demonstrate ability to apply advanced knowledge in midwifery studies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methodology and its application to research questions in midwifery studies and other health related areas
  • Demonstrates professional self-efficacy and leadership
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and safety
  • Displays respect for the community and the environment

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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

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