Grounded in the provision of woman-centred, primary midwifery care, the University of Newcastle's Master of Midwifery Studies combines contemporary theories encompassing a holistic view of midwifery, which includes the social, emotional, cultural and psychophysiological factors, which influence health and wellbeing. Our program provides core midwifery courses in contemporary midwifery; international perspectives on indigeneity and examining culturally diverse approaches to childbirth; and, optimising childbearing to extend your understanding of normal psychophysiology and factors which optimise maternal and fetal health from prior to conception to six weeks postpartum. At the completion of your Master of Midwifery Studies you will have 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.
This newly redesigned 80-unit program is available to Australian registered midwives with a Bachelor of Midwifery degree and a minimum of one-year relevant postgraduate experience. We also welcome international applicants who are registered midwives in their own country or, who are registered nurses working in a maternity care environment. The program can be undertaken over three trimesters (full time).
By specialising your midwifery qualifications, you can extend your career options to work in midwifery primary care models, clinical education, management and consultancy, research, and, in optimising family health across the midwifery scope of practice.
Our online learning systems provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, family life and study. You can complete your Master of Midwifery Studies at a time and place 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.
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.
What will you study?
Developed by midwifery academics in consultation with industry partners, the University of Newcastle's Master of Midwifery Studies supports the enhancement of registered midwives' careers through the provision of five specific specialisations.
All students complete four core courses (40 units). Three of these core courses are midwifery focused and examine topics such as contemporary midwifery frameworks and maternity models of care; globalisation and international perspectives on indigeneity and provision of culturally safe and competent midwifery care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander women; and, the theory and practice of optimising childbearing. The fourth core course will introduce you to research methods in health care.
From there you can select one of five specialisations:
You will complete four directed courses (40 units) within a specific specialisation to meet the requirements of that specialisation and have it recorded on your university transcript. Alternatively, you may select any four general directed courses if you prefer to design your own learning pathway rather than undertaking a specific specialisation. There are also two pharmacotherapy courses offered as 'non-award courses' within the Midwifery Primary Care specialisation. For information on the guidelines and education pathways for midwives seeking endorsement for scheduled medicines go to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.
With the majority of the program courses delivered online you are afforded maximum flexibility to study when and where you want. To assist you in completing the program, support is always available via phone, email or online face-to-face discussions using technologies such as Ultra Collaborate. Some courses involve on campus workshops and other practical sessions. Although these are optional, attendance provides a great opportunity to support your learning and meet your midwifery colleagues.
Is it for you?
If you are a registered midwife looking to advance your career in clinical education, management and consultancy, research, and/or develop expertise in midwifery primary care or family health, a Master degree qualification is vital in making this a reality. The University of Newcastle's Master of Midwifery Studies can accelerate your career path with a suite of carefully developed specialisations tailored to your learning needs and career goals.
As a registered midwife, you work as part of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary team, providing education and information on health matters to women, their families and the wider community and assessing and monitoring the care provided to childbearing women and their babies. By the end of your program of Master studies, you will have developed a solid foundation in contemporary maternity healthcare frameworks, midwifery care and contexts of practice for Indigenous women as well as furthering your midwifery knowledge in a specialisation of your choice. Extending your midwifery foundational education in this way will place you in an optimum position to positively to influence future midwifery practice and maternity services provision.
With your Master of Midwifery Studies you will be able to extend your career options within the health care environment, undertake research into the factors which shape and influence women's health, compare and contrast models of primary maternity care and develop strategies focussed on optimising midwifery care and support for childbearing women, babies and their families. 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.
By specialising your studies, you will have the opportunity to explore the following roles as possible future career paths.
Midwifery Primary Care
Working across the continuum of practice, you are a clinical midwife providing comprehensive woman-centred, midwifery primary care to childbearing women and their babies. You may be working towards establishing a private midwifery practice or working in a midwifery continuity of care group practice model. You will develop critical thinking skills and an in depth understanding related to maternity screening and diagnostic testing as well as the necessary knowledge to function safely and effectively as an autonomous midwife prescriber of scheduled medicines within the Australian health care system.
Midwifery Clinical Educator
As a midwifery educator, you will support and teach midwifery students and staff and assist in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of midwifery education and professional development programs of maternity staff.
Midwifery Manager / Unit 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.
As a midwifery researcher, you will conduct 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. Completion of a research specialisation can lead directly into higher degree research program and a pathway to a career as a midwifery university academic.
Clinical Midwife Specialist / Consultant
As a clinical midwife specialist, you are responsible for leading 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, you provide optimal care to mothers and babies, facilitate staff development and undertake clinical research. A clinical midwife consultant role takes the lead in the delivery of midwifery clinical practice and policy. These roles require strong leadership skills and a comprehensive understanding of optimal maternity care provision.
Family Health Midwife
As a family health midwife, you are responsible for the provision of collaborative, woman-centred care to women and families who may have additional needs. You have a specific focus on the assessment and intervention for perinatal and infant mental health and drug and alcohol issues as well as support of the parenting partnership.
For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Midwifery Studies read the 'Courses and Details' tab.