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Master of Midwifery - 163JA

Course Code: 163JA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Midwifery
UAC Code: 880793
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Take your Midwifery career to the next level

If you’re a registered and experienced midwife looking to progress your career or considering upgrading your skill base - then the UC Master of Midwifery course offers the perfect solution to improving your future career and study options and more.

This 2-year full time equivalent course explores local and global, primary health and tertiary level issues and will help you gain the necessary knowledge and skills to confidently and competently progress into future leadership and management positions or practice independently.

In this course you will able to choose to focus your study on a variety of study areas including leadership, acute (critical) care or primary health care. Alternatively, we can also help you develop a tailored study program designed around researching a topic of your choice.

This course has been specifically created to help registered midwives improve their career prospects so, if you’re serious about taking your career further, then register for the UC Master of Midwifery course today.

Study a Master of Midwifery at UC and you will:

  • expand and consolidate your theoretical knowledge from a wide range of perspectives, including sociology, feminism, medicine, biomedical sciences, philosophy, psychology, management and information technology;
  • broaden your clinical skill set
  • hone your skills in critical inquiry
  • increase your confidence in challenging established models in maternity care by applying new (and old) knowledge, skills and attitudes to midwifery work across a variety of settings
  • improve your network of industry contacts.

Work Integrated learning (WIL)

The UC Master of Midwifery course is a combination of coursework and research-focused study that does not include a WIL component. However, the course does offer multiple opportunities for students to work alongside experienced industry specialists and build/expand professional networks.

Career opportunities

A UC Master of Midwifery degree is a globally recognised qualification and offers graduates the chance to explore more senior career opportunities at a local, national and international level. Potential career pathways include:

  • private and public health care
  • maternity and neonatal care
  • community health settings
  • academic and teaching settings
  • research and policy settings
  • rural and remote areas
  • international aid organisations

There is also an opportunity pursue further academic study and gain a Ph.D.

Course-specific information

Students must already hold a Bachelor of Midwifery or equivalent and be eligible for registration as a midwife in Australia.

The University of Canberra is committed to building a strong and sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and sport industry workforce. If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person interested in studying a health or sport course, please contact Rachel Harrigan or phone 6201 2608.


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Admission Requirements

Registered or eligible for registration as a midwife in the ACT, hold a Bachelor of Midwifery or a bachelor degree in a related discipline, or equivalent qualifications as judged by the University's Admissions Committee. In addition applicants must have a minimum of two years recent midwifery experience since initial registration as a midwife.

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Midwifery M Midwifery

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Midwifery

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International


The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation

None. Students will be registered or eligible for registration as midwives in the ACT.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
To increase the student?s theoretical knowledge from a broad range of possible perspectives including midwifery, sociology, feminism, medicine, biomedical sciences, philosophy, psychology, management and information technology in order to enhance their midwifery work with women Uses an extensive range of evidence and literature to increase midwifery responsibility in facilitating and promoting women-centred care.

Discerns and utilises information and communication technology to lead changes in political and policy initiatives.

Critiques the work of wide ranging theorists to represent midwifery?s value to wider audiences.
To foster the student?s ability to lead challenges to the status quo in maternity care by applying new (and old) knowledge, skills and attitudes to midwifery work across a variety of settings and in a multitude of ways Further develops a conscious, careful and strategic approach to potentially unequal power relationships in institutions, in practice and in policies in order for women to be active and safe in their interface with the maternity health system.

Analyses the complexities of the health system in terms of people, places, practice, and power.

Collaborates effectively with those involved in maternity care: consumers of health services, health professionals and others.

Contributes to the cultivation of a health system which celebrates diversity
To provide the student opportunities for educational, political and professional collaboration to enhance midwifery capabilities into the future across practice, education and research Confidently able to argue a range of positions on health practice, policy and politics utilising sophisticated communication skills.

Capable of carrying complex ideas across disciplines to represent midwifery professionally in a range of settings and communities.

Undertakes high level critique of the social determinants of health as they translate to best practice midwifery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their babies

Leads policies and processes to embed primary health care principles in maternity care at all levels.
Exemplifies the qualities of a career long learner

Course Duration

Standard six semesters part-time. Maximum eight semesters.This course is only available for part-time enrolment



Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Midwifery is subsumable into this course.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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