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Start Date
February

Duration
1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IMMW

SATAC Code
4CM051 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Learn from above world-class researchers1 , as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Gain an advanced qualification in perinatal mental health.
  • Extend your career in midwifery practice, policy, leadership, research, education or management.
  • Develop your ability to independently complete research.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Use your qualification as a pathway to further learning, including doctoral studies.
  • Benefit from flexible learning options.

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

Snapshot

Snapshot

If you are a Registered Midwife and wish to broaden your career prospects and explore senior roles, this masters degree may be for you.

In just three years of part-time study you will extend your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of evidence-based practice, grow your understanding of professional issues and develop the ability to independently undertake research.

Why Master of Midwifery

Why this Degree

Our Master of Midwifery gives registered midwives the opportunity to advance their skills and employment prospects with an in-demand postgraduate qualification.

You will build important industry relationships when you learn from experienced clinicians and acclaimed researchers, and benefit from our leading teaching staff and academics.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise:

  • we are No.1 in South Australia for student satisfaction1
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 502.

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1 QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
2 2017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics and health professionals via our online forums and virtual classrooms. This platform offers you the opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the field and build valuable industry networks and relationships.

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 can be studied 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 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

Graduates are qualified to pursue leadership roles in the specialised area of perinatal mental health across a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals
  • women’s health services
  • community services

Industry facts

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

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Healthcare and social assistance in Australia is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth (increasing by 250,200) nationwide1.

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

The flexible online study environment, together with the opportunity to apply knowledge to real-life health care settings, has given me the skills and experience I need to graduate as a midwife.

Nicole Clohessy

Master of  Midwifery

Nicole Clohessy

Nicole Clohessy

Master 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

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Perinatal mental health is a main focus of this advanced qualification and you will graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake assessment and screening of pregnant women, and identify and refer mental health issues such as postnatal depression.

You will also develop the ability to:

  • independently complete projects and research
  • identify and investigate questions and address issues or problems to inform midwifery practice, knowledge and research

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for learning activities. Depending on your study mode this may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects. As a general rule most postgraduate study is completed part-time and if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study 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:

  • presentations
  • case studies
  • online activities
  • portfolios
  • critical analysis
  • discussion papers
  • minor thesis
  • research proposal

Global opportunities

One of the key benefits of our School of Nursing and Midwifery is our ability to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers. You’ll learn from researchers and academics who are directly connected to industry and all of our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience. 

In addition, our diverse student population means you have the opportunity to gain global and cultural understanding, ideas and insights direct from your peers. 

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 2)
FOR THE PRESCRIBING FOR ELIGIBLE MIDWIVES PATHWAY THESE 3 COURSES: Rule(s): 1
Advanced Health Assessment, Diagnostics and Investigations for Midwives NURS 5154 9
Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics for Eligible Midwives PHAR 5058 4.5
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Eligible Midwives PHAR 5059 4.5
FOR THE PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH PATHWAY THESE 2 COURSES: Rule(s): 2
Perinatal Mental Health in Midwifery NURS 5157 9
Therapeutic Encounters in Mental Health HLTH 5151 9
Second Semester (Study Period 5)
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Qualitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5151 4.5
Quantitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5152 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Nursing or Midwifery Minor Thesis 1 NURS 5003 9
Nursing or Midwifery Minor Thesis 2 NURS 5004 9
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate or equivalent will be granted 18 units of credit and are required to complete the following Rule(s): 1,2
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Research for Advancing Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care NURS 5153 9
Qualitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5151 4.5
Quantitative Design for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Research NURS 5152 4.5
Second Semseter (Study Period 5)
Nursing or Midwifery Minor Thesis 1 NURS 5003 9 Rule(s): 3,4
Nursing or Midwifery Minor Thesis 2 NURS 5004 9 Rule(s): 3,4

I have worked as a clinician, manager, clinical educator, academic, researcher and board director, and have been at the helm of national and local changes to organisational systems in nursing practice. I have an interest in aged care in hospital settings, health care policy and funding

Dr Terri Gibson

Program Director

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Dr Terri Gibson

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 experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. 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

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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