Master of Midwifery Studies

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Program Description

Master of Midwifery Studies

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Practiced for centuries, midwifery is more than a job, it is a career built on skill, knowledge and tradition. Grounded in the provision of expert personal care, the University of Newcastle’s Master of Midwifery Studies is a combination of contemporary medical theories encompassing a holistic view of midwifery including the social, emotional and cultural factors which influence health and wellbeing.

Undertaken over three trimesters (full time), the program is available to registered midwives who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree or graduate diploma in midwifery. If you are looking to take the next step in your career as a midwife, obtaining a formal tertiary qualification could be the leg-up you’ve been looking for.

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, with extensive knowledge in a specialised area.

By specialising your midwifery qualifications you will extend your career options to management and consultancy positions in the areas of clinical assessment, newborns special care, neonatal intensive care or epidemiology and therapeutic engagement, just to name a few.

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

Is it for you?

If you are a qualified midwife looking to progress your career into managerial, academic or consultancy roles, a Master’s degree is considered critical in making this a reality. The University of Newcastle’s Master of Midwifery Studies will accelerate your journey to a heightened career, 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, assess and monitor the care provided to women and their babies and administer medications as required.

By the end of your studies, you will have developed a solid foundation in contemporary 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, financial management and education. You can also pursue areas such as the clinical assessment of drug and alcohol use, special care of newborns, neonatal intensive care nursing, epidemiology and therapeutic engagement.

Career Pathways

With your Master of Midwifery Studies you will be able to extend your career options to work at a high level 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 superior skills. You will have the necessary knowledge and qualifications to open doorways to management, academia or clinical midwifery 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, assist in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of midwifery education and professional development programs, and manages educational resources.

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 within a specified field or across an entire hospital or health service.

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 clinical midwives, together you will provide care to mothers and babies with complex care needs, facilitate staff development and undertake research.


The University of Newcastle’s Master of Midwifery Studies supports the enhancement of registered midwives careers. Developed by academics in consultation with industry experts, 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 optimising childbearing which includes study of the physiology and psychology in women and babies during pregnancy; and comprehensive contract courses which involve the study of legal, ethical and cultural frameworks to further translate research into practice to optimise client 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. For a detailed list of specialisation options visit the ‘Details’ tab.

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.

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 at

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 10, 2016
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