Master of Midwifery

The aim of this course is to give midwives the skills and knowledge to advance their careers. There is a national shortage of midwives, particularly in rural and remote areas of Australia, and employment rates stand at 100%. Other opportunities include work in policy, management, administration and education.

Campus
External
Please note: attendance at 5-day residential block in Townsville is required
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus
Prerequisites
ADF level 7 bachelor degree in midwifery or AQF level 8 graduate diploma of midwifery; Midwife registration

Career opportunities

  • You will be prepared to work in dynamic health environments, with a tropical and northern Australian focus
  • There is a 100% employment rate for midwives
  • Other career opportunities include policy, management, administration and education.

Course overview

JCU’s Master of Midwifery is a coursework based program designed for registered midwives wishing to up-skill.

This course is offered online, with one subject requiring limited attendance on campus for face-to-face teaching. You can concentrate on your area of interest by choosing subjects from management, research, and education streams.

There is a mix of midwifery and public health subjects - midwifery subjects include birthing, midwifery practice and pharmacology, and public health subjects include epidemiology, midwifery care, and reproductive health in developing countries.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

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

OPTIONS

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

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

Handbook

Master of Midwifery

Course code

73904

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

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

CORE SUBJECTS

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

OPTIONS

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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

External only

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

Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing 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)

Currency

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

Expiry

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

MASTER OF MIDWIFERY

Approved abbreviation

MMid

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.