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Start date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IBMW

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 29,500 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
  • IELTS listening [6.5]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
036241G

Key features

  • Learn in our unique, clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus with expert clinical staff.
  • Practise your skills with residents of our virtual health community including interactive manikins each with their own persona, and real people acting as residents.
  • Be directly and actively involved in 30 real births and work closely with practicing midwives.
  • Embark on clinical placements from your first year of study.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers1, as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Have the opportunity to study some of your degree internationally with overseas placements.
  • Our graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Nursing

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to provide care, support and advice to women during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatally.

There is a strong focus on theory and practical experience, and you will do much of your learning in our unique clinican led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus. Here you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills through real-life scenarios and feel confidently prepared for clinical practice. This simulated hospital environment fully led by practicing registered nurses and midwives (clinicians), known as the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS), is the only one of its kind in South Australia. 

You will then have the opportunity to further develop these skills when you embark on real-world clinical placements across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals and health services, under the supervision of registered midwives. During these placements, you will be actively involved in a number of births as well as the pre- and post-birth care of women. You will also follow women through their pregnancy and birth journeys through continuity of care experiences (COCE). In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to study a portion of your degree internationally, with overseas placements during your third year.

You may enjoy flexible learning options, such as online study, with some on-campus workshop attendance required at the City East campus. All students will also need to complete clinical placements in South Australia. Clinical placements must be completed on a full-time basis.

High achieving students with a competitive grade point average (GPA) may be given the opportunity to undertake the Bachelor of Midwifery with a linked Bachelor of Nursing pathway comprising four years of full-time study.

If you obtain a credit level or higher grade point average (GPA) you may also be accepted into the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree and, depending on results, may be eligible to proceed to postgraduate research degree study.

Registered Nurses (RNs) entering the Bachelor of Midwifery degree will be granted 49.5 units of credit.

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the program.

On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.

You can find more about what you’ll need in the rules and notes below the courses you’ll study.

Why Bachelor of Midwifery

Why this Degree

UniSA has invested millions of dollars in on-campus clinics and facilities. The Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) is a clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and health service, at our City East, Mt Gambier and Whyalla campuses. As a midwifery student, you can participate in clinical learning and practise within the HHHS throughout your degree, in addition to off-campus clinical placements. 

The HHHS is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical learning environment populated by the residents of our Horizon City and Community, a virtual health community which is unique to UniSA. It is designed to facilitate, enhance and support your understanding of real-world midwifery practice. Residents of Horizon include interactive manikins each with their own persona, as well as real people acting as residents, who have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories, along with pregnancy care records. 

As part of your studies, you will regularly engage and interact with Horizon residents, both within the virtual environment and in HHHS to develop and practise your midwifery knowledge and skills.

State-of-the-art facilities together with well above world-class researchers1 means you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.

This degree can also be a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning and on-campus workshops – we offer accessible online learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Nursing

Real-world connections

As a student, you will benefit from our strong industry links. You will also learn from experienced clinicians, and when you complete clinical placements as part of your study.

These placements provide you with the opportunity to practice your clinical skills, implement your knowledge into practice, learn from industry-experienced professionals in the field, and build valuable networks and relationships. You will also engage in continuity of care experiences (COCE) where you follow women through their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal journeys.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This qualification is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication

Online study is available but some on-campus workshop attendance is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Your career

Midwives are the primary maternity care providers in Australia, providing care, support and advice to women during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatally. They play an important role in the promotion of normal birth, which includes screening, assessments, detection of complications and providing emergency care to both mother and baby in collaboration with other health professionals. Midwives play a significant role in health education such as family planning, preparing for birth, parenting and infant care.

Registered midwives can work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • community and hospital services
  • rural and remote healthcare
  • home-based services
  • health agencies

Graduates may complete the Transition to Professional Practice Program with a participating employer.

Professional accreditation

Graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The requirements for registration are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Industry facts

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Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 58,700 (or 19.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

I have had great placement opportunities including the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s delivery suite and post natal ward, Burnside Hospital and Mt Barker Hospital.

Alex Tomaselli

Bachelor of Midwifery

Alex Tomaselli

Alex Tomaselli

Bachelor of Midwifery

The facilities at UniSA are hospital-standard and the workshops held in the on-campus hospital and health service were very useful in preparing me for my placements. Plus the staff at UniSA are well-experienced registered midwives and I enjoyed listening to their stories throughout my studies.

Hui Bao

Bachelor of Midwifery

Hui Bao

Hui Bao

Bachelor of Midwifery

We offer high quality resources to assist student learning, including a simulated hospital and health service integrating the latest technologies, and our teaching is delivered by an outstanding group of nursing, midwifery, and allied health academics and clinicians.

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rachael Vernon

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

I am studying to become a midwife so that I can provide more women-centred options for mothers-to-be during pregnancy and labour. Rural hospitals often have limited resources, so I know how valuable my contribution will be.

Kayla Kemp

Bachelor of Midwifery

Kayla Kemp, Midwifery

Kayla Kemp

Bachelor of Midwifery

UniSA graduates are overall passionate and engaged learners, who can successfully adapt to different clinical environments and cultures while still putting theory into practice. Not only can they learn a specific skill set, but they have the ability to think innovatively and question the perceived norms.

Juanita Ielasi


Employment: Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Juanita Ielasi, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Juanita Ielasi


Employment: Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

I chose to study midwifery after hearing a young Cambodian woman recall saying goodbye to her pregnant mother as a small girl in a remote village. I thought ‘someone should do something about this’ but couldn’t find any organisations that worked with the desperately poor in remote provinces, so I thought, ‘I could go to university, get qualified and come back to help them!'

Kate Taylor

Bachelor of Midwifery
Employment: Registered Midwife, Founder of The 2h Project, Lyell McEwin Hospital, and UniSA Clinical Facilitator and Educator

Kate Taylor, Midwifery

Kate Taylor

Bachelor of Midwifery
Employment: Registered Midwife, Founder of The 2h Project, Lyell McEwin Hospital, and UniSA Clinical Facilitator and Educator

I’ve always had a passion for helping others and a nurturing nature, so studying Midwifery allows my personal traits and desire to care for others be fulfilled. I’ve had the opportunity to undertake a rural placement in Port Augusta, where the close continuity and cultural care provided in a small country unit has inspired me to one day take my skill and knowledge to a country hospital.

Paige Elliott

Bachelor of Midwifery

Paige Elliott, Midwifery student

Paige Elliott

Bachelor of Midwifery

My goal is to work in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), I love this area the most and it is quite challenging but extremely rewarding to see a baby that you have been caring for, sometimes for months, finally go home with its parents to meet its siblings and the rest of the family. Every time I enter a hospital my heart starts racing and I get a huge rush of adrenaline, this is how I know that this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life.

Bradley Mackintosh

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bradley Mackintosh

Bradley Mackintosh

Bachelor of Midwifery

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Midwifery is an international profession and birthing practices are different all over the world – a focus of this degree is on addressing the political, socio-cultural, economic and technological influences on midwifery practices. The legal and ethical responsibilities of midwives are also explored.

There is a strong focus on theory and practical experience, and you will do much of your learning in our unique clinician led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus. Here you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills through real-life scenarios and feel confidently prepared for clinical practice. This simulated hospital environment fully led by practicing registered nurses and midwives (clinicians), known as the Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS), is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You will then be given the opportunity to further develop these skills when you embark on real-world clinical placements across metropolitan, regional and rural hospitals and health services, under the supervision of registered midwives. During these placements you will be actively involved in 30 normal births, and in the pre- and post-birth care of at least 15 women. You will also follow women through their pregnancy and birth journeys through continuity of care experiences (COCE).

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to study a portion of your degree internationally, with overseas placements during your third year of study.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate on average 40 hours per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • quizzes
  • presentations
  • assignments
  • portfolios
  • clinical activities
  • online activities

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Year 1 - Introduction to Midwifery Practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Midwifery NURS 1058 4.5
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Normal Pregnancy and Childbirth NURS 1060 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Foundation Practicum 1 NURS 1056 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,13,15
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Healthy Mothers and Babies NURS 1059 4.5
Year 2 - Developing Midwifery Competence
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Complex Care across the Childbirth Continuum NURS 2026 9 Rule(s): 13
Fetal and Maternal Pathophysiology BIOL 2056 4.5 Rule(s): 13
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Development Practicum 2 NURS 2039 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,13,15
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Complex Care of the Neonate NURS 2038 9
Pharmacology and Diagnostics for Midwives PHAR 2018 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Practice Development Practicum 3 NURS 2036 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,13,15
Year 3 - Transition to Midwifery Professional Practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing NURS 3054 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 4 NURS 3052 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,13,15
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Becoming a Midwife NURS 3047 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 5 NURS 3053 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,13,15
Midwifery Project NURS 3049 4.5
Students who have completed a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and are a registered nurse with a current practising certificate
will be granted 49.5 units of credit and are required to complete the following
Year 1
Contemporary Midwifery Practice NURS 1062 9 Note(s): 4
Normal Pregnancy and Childbirth NURS 1060 9
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Foundation Practicum 1 NURS 1056 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,13,15
Complex Care of the Neonate NURS 2038 9
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Practice Development Practicum 3 NURS 2036 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,7,13,15
Year 2
Complex Care across the Childbirth Continuum NURS 2026 9
Fetal and Maternal Pathophysiology BIOL 2056 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 5 NURS 3053 9 Rule(s): 5,6,7,13,15

I am passionate about midwifery and the wellbeing of women, children and their families.

Dr Lois McKellar

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a midwifery student, you will have access to our unique clinician led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus, including our practice-based midwifery facilities.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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