Master of Midwifery

Master of Midwifery

Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Must be a registered midwife; and

Have completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Midwifery  or an AQF level 8 Graduate Diploma of Midwifery; or

Submit, as an exceptional case, other evidence of appropriate academic and professional attainments.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Midwifery will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of contemporary midwifery practice, professional responsibilities and ethical frameworks with a focus on regional, rural, remote, indigenous and tropical contexts

  • implement and evaluate midwifery models of care, responsive to consumer demands, that improves health outcomes for mothers and their families

  • analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence

  • demonstrate a high level of professional autonomy and accountability for their professional development and contribute to the professional development of others

  • evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to reflect critically on theory and professional practice

  • interpret and justify theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences through high level written and oral communication and numeracy skills

  • design, plan and ethically execute a research based project or piece of scholarship

  • actively engage in promoting scholarship within the midwifery profession.

Course Structure


NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application

NS5214:03 Professional Midwifery Care

NS5366:03 Practice Development Project

NS5132:03 Midwifery Care of Murri and Torres Strait Islander Families

NS5136:03 Pharmacology and Clinical Midwifery Practice

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health


Select 12 credit points of level 5 NS and/or HS subjects





External only

Note: NS5136 has an on-campus (Townsville) limited attendance requirement


Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points (consisting of maximum 12 credit points for previous studies; maximum of 6 credit points for RPL)


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 16 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Note: Qualifications used for admission cannot be used for advanced standing.

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable