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Are you a midwife seeking to advance your career, drive change or influence policy? The Master of Midwifery at CSU will position you to become a leader in your field.

Supporting registered midwives as they seek to build skills for clinical leadership, this course is offered online and can be studied on a part-time or full-time basis. Taught by practising professionals, CSUs' Master of Midwifery offers a range of electives to enable you to influence contemporary procedure within your own service or drive leadership, practice or policy development.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Midwifery prepares graduates for leadership roles in their profession.

    Learn how to drive improved care for your community

    This course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to develop innovative midwifery models of care across urban, regional and remote settings. Building on your skills as a registered midwife, you will gain a deeper understanding of women-centred care and learn how to actively support midwifery as a public health strategy, as well as critically evaluate your own practice. On completing CSU's Master of Midwifery, as a practising professional and leader you will be well positioned to support development of your workforce – helping to retain and grow skills to support women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth and throughout infant care.

    Work with industry leaders

    CSU's Master of Midwifery is developed and delivered by practising professionals. With experience across urban, regional and remote locations, teaching staff bring real-world experience into the learning environment.

    Learn at your own place and pace

    Delivered online, this course provides the platform for you to apply your learning to your daily practice.

    Build a holistic approach to maternity care in today's complex world

    Recognising that midwives and their teams ensure antenatal, newborn and early parenting care in often complex circumstances, this course also incorporates skills development across the management and support of patients with mental health and substance addiction challenges; midwifery care of women experiencing emergency and complex situations during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period; applied pharmacology; the recognition of ethical dilemmas in midwifery and the ability to devise strategies for resolution; and the assessment, planning, provision and evaluation of safe and effective midwifery care for newborns with complex needs.

  • Career opportunities

    On graduation, you will be well positioned to advance your career across many settings including: public or private maternity and neonatal care, rural and remote health, academia, research, clinical leadership, policy development and international development.

    Drive policy change

    Use your skills and advanced issues management to evolve quality of care for your community.

    Develop the workforce of the future

    Support midwives as they hone their practice. As an educational leader you will develop colleagues, promote health education and enhance community health.

    Deliver advanced clinical management

    Use your skills to achieve optimal outcomes through clinical analysis, problem solving and decision making.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students entering the course with an undergraduate midwifery degree (or equivalent) and an additional related qualification, such as a Bachelor of Nursing, receive 24 points credit. An additional maximum of eight points credit is available for students enrolling with extra qualifications / experience such as the Lactation Consultant Certification or experience as a midwifery facilitator for midwifery students.

    Students entering the course with CSU's Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (or equivalent) receive 64 points credit.

    CSU's Master of Midwifery articulates with the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, allowing students the option of exiting the Master degree after successful completion of 64 points and graduating with the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students enrolling in the program with an undergraduate midwifery degree (or equivalent) and no other relevant qualifications complete 96 points. Students entering the course with an undergraduate midwifery degree (or equivalent) and an additional related qualification e.g. a Bachelor of Nursing receive 24 points credit. An additional, maximum 8 points credit is available for students enrolling with extra qualifications / experience e.g. Lactation Consultant Certification or experience as a midwifery facilitator for midwifery students. Students entering the course with a Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery or Graduate Diploma of Midwifery receive 64 points credit.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course structure comprises 3 components:
    * Core Midwifery subjects
    * Core Research subjects
    * Elective subjects
    There are 5 core midwifery subjects (40 points), 2 core research subjects (16 points) and elective subjects (40 points).

    Core Midwifery subjects can be studied in any order but must include:
    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 2 (only available in 90 sessions)

    Core research subjects:
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    HLT506 Health Masters Proposal

    Students select 40 points from the following electives:
    HLT539 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Clinical Education
    HLT540 Assessment in Clinical Education
    HLT541 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting
    HLT542 Professional Practice in Clinical Education
    NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health
    NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health Care: Implications for Nursing
    NRS537 Leadership and Management for Health Professionals 1 (16 points)
    NRS538 Leadership and Management for Health Professionals 2 (16 points)
    HLT508 Health Master's Project (16 points)
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM408 Current Issues in Health Services Management
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

    Enrolment pattern

    There are three typical student enrolment patterns:
    * Students entering the MMid with a BMid and no other related undergraduate or postgraduate degree are required to study 96 points. These points consist of 5 core midwifery subjects (40 points), two core Masters subjects (16 points) and 40 points taken from elective subjects.
    * Students who are RMs and have the equivalent to a second undergraduate degree e.g. BN, are required to study 72 points. These points consist of 5 core midwifery subjects (40 points), two core Masters subjects (16 points) and 16 points taken from elective subjects.
    * Students who enrol in the MMid with a PGDM or GDM are required to study 32 points. These points consist of two core Masters subjects (16 points) and 16 points taken from elective subjects.

    Students enrolling in the MMid with a BMid
    Session 1: 30
    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1
    Session 2: 60
    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    Session 3: 90
    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 2
    Students may elect to exit the course at this stage, once four of the above 5 subjects have been successfully completed, with a Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery for students commencing 2010 – 2012 and with a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery for students commencing 2013 and beyond or continue in the Master of Midwifery.
    Session 4: 30
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    Elective
    Session 5: 60
    HLT506 Health Masters Proposal
    Elective
    Session 6: 30
    Elective
    Elective
    Session 7: 60
    Elective
    Elective subjects to a total of 40 points are selected from the following:
    HLT539 Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Clinical Education
    HLT540 Assessment in Clinical Education
    HLT541 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting
    HLT542 Professional Practice in Clinical Education
    NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health
    NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health Care: Implications for Nursing
    NRS537 Leadership and Management for Health Professionals 1 (16 points)
    NRS538 Leadership and Management for Health Professionals 2 (16 points)
    HLT508 Health Masters Project (16 points)
    HSM401 Reflecting on Health Care Systems
    HSM402 Human Resources Management (Health Services)
    HSM408 Current Issues in Health Service Management
    HSM409 Evidence-based Health Care Delivery
    HSM512 Evaluating Health Service Performance

    Registered midwife with the equivalent of a related second undergraduate degree e.g. BN.
    Session 1: 30
    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1
    Session 2: 60
    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    Session 3: 90
    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 2
    Students may elect to exit the course at this stage, once four of the above 5 subjects have been successfully completed, with a Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery for students commencing 2010 – 2012 and with a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery for students commencing 2013 and beyond or continue in the Master of Midwifery.
    Session 4: 30
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    Elective
    Session 5: 60
    The 5th core midwifery subject or Elective
    HLT506 Health Masters Proposal
    The academic transcript of applicants with a Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery or Graduate Diploma of Midwifery will be assessed to determine eligibility for admission to the MMid.
    Session 1
    Either one midwifery subject or elective
    HLT505 Research Methods in Health Science A
    Session 2
    HLT506 Health Masters Proposal
    Elective

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2

  • Admission information

    All students must have an undergraduate degree, diploma or equivalent in midwifery.

    Students must have or be eligible to receive Authorisation to Practice as a Registered Midwife in Australia.

    Where a student has obtained their tertiary qualifications outside of Australia and is eligible to apply for registration as a midwife in Australia but English is not their first language, they will be required to meet the English Language Requirements of the Nurses and Midwives Board prior to enrolment. They must complete four International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic modules obtaining a minimum of 7, on each of the individual bands of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Scholarships

    Information on scholarships is available from the following sources:

    • Nursing and Midwifery Board
    • State Nurses Association
    • State Midwives Association
    • Royal College of Nursing Australia
    • State Health Department
    • Australian College of Midwives

    More about Nursing and midwifery scholarships

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOSML
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJSML

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    The point value of the course is 96 points. Graduates must successfully complete 40 points in the core midwifery subjects (prefixed MID). They also complete the 16 points in research core  subjects  plus elective subjects to a total of 40 points. All subjects must be completed at pass level or better.

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  • About the School

    School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

    Charles Sturt University’s (CSU’s) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health offers highly regarded degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Nurses,midwives and Indigenous health workers are an integral part of the health care team. The School supports students to develop personally and professionally,acquiring the knowledge, attitudes and practical skills needed to become strong and contributing members of the health care team, making a difference where it most counts to people and communities.

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health is committed to delivering flexible courses and supporting students with diverse life styles.

    While there is a particular need for high-quality health professionals in regional, rural and remote locations, graduates of the School are also in high demand in urban and metropolitan settings, reflecting as they do the resilience and independent thinking for which rural Australians are known.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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